Apple has finally caught up with India’s fifth-generation smartphone connectivity. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has enabled 5G cellular support for new iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone SE and iPhone 12 lineups in India.
How to access 5G on Apple iPhone?
Apple supports 5G connections on its iPhone 12 devices or later, with cellular connections from Reliance Jio and Airtel. The company identifies both Airtel and Reliance Jio as its “carrier partners” in India. Users must update their device to iOS 16.2. The update also includes a host of other features, such as improved encryption for iCloud data, live activities on the home screen, and a new karaoke feature for Apple Music.
Last month, Apple enabled 5G in India in the iOS 16 Beta software program week for a limited number of iPhone users in the country on a trial basis. The selected few users with Airtel and Reliance Jio connections were able to try out the 5G.
Apple worked closely with its “carrier partners in India to provide iPhone users with the best 5G experience once network validation and testing for quality and performance are complete.”
The rollout of 5G in India and Apple’s software upgrades
India is rolling out 5G in phases, starting with major metropolitan areas. Smartphone majors including Apple, Samsung and Oneplus owner BBK Electronics are working to ensure 5G availability on their devices.
Apple said iPhone users will experience “super-fast downloads and uploads, better streaming and real-time connectivity with 5G to help them stay in touch, share and enjoy content.”
Support for 5G on iPhone has now expanded to more than 250 carrier partners in more than 70 markets around the world, with expanded support for standalone networks.
As more and more smartphone majors prioritize software upgrades, the early adoption of 5G in India is underway.
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