iOS 14.5 Enables 5G in Dual-SIM Mode on iPhone 12 Models

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 14.5 to developers for testing, and a key new feature is global support for 5G in Dual-SIM mode on iPhone 12 models, as noted by Rene Ritchie. This functionality was previously only available in mainland China.

iPhone 12 5G Dual Carrier Feature Blue
iPhone 12 models are equipped with both a physical SIM slot and a digital eSIM, allowing for a feature known as dual SIM, dual standby. This means you can have two lines of service on one iPhone, which is useful for purchasing data-only plans while traveling abroad or having personal and business lines on a single iPhone. Until now, Dual-SIM mode was limited to LTE, but iOS 14.5 introduces support for faster 5G on both lines.

Apple has previously said that iOS 14.5 will be released in the early spring, so the software update will likely become available in late March at the earliest. A public beta will likely be released within the next day or so.

An internal Verizon presentation obtained by MacRumors had indicated that Apple planned to enable 5G in Dual-SIM mode by the end of 2020, so the functionality is arriving a few months later than expected.

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swm Avatar
9 months ago
good for you. obviously i am the negative guy, but the first thing i did when i migrated to the 12pro was to switch off 5G. i use my phone a lot and i have great battery life now. i absolutely see no benefit for 5G, because the transmission speeds are pretty much on par what i get on LTE. and honestly, i'm not the one who flexes with speediest screenshots.
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TheYayAreaLiving Avatar
9 months ago
Can't wait for this update to be released :)
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jcswim312 Avatar
9 months ago
Dual Sim works great!

I have my primary physical Sim as a T-Mobile Sim and the eSIM on Verizon so I’ll now be able to get 5G on Verizon on the eSIM! Awesome!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gsmornot Avatar
9 months ago

Off topic but why do we still use physical SIM cards?
Carrier requirements but thats changing.
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Futurix Avatar
9 months ago
I'm glad the support is coming, but I'm going to be disabling 5G the minute this update is installed ? (there's no noticeable speed benefits in my area yet).
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BlendedFrog Avatar
9 months ago
Has hell frozen over? I didn't think this would ever come.
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