Next iOS 16.2 Beta to Enable 5G in India, Apple Confirms

The upcoming developer and public beta of iOS 16.2 will officially enable 5G for iPhone in India on select carriers, Apple has told Indian Express.

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Apple had previously confirmed it was working with carriers in India, including Airtel and Jio, to bring 5G support to ‌iPhone‌ users in the country. Apple said it would begin its 5G rollout in the country in December. Now, the company says starting with the upcoming iOS 16.2 beta, users on Airtel and Jio networks will gain access to faster 5G connectivity.

Apple released the first beta of iOS 16.2 to developers and public beta testers last week, and the software is expected to launch in mid-December, coinciding with Apple's promise of a December rollout of 5G in India. iOS 16.2 includes several new features and refinements, including the new Freeform app and an updated architecture in the Home app.

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Top Rated Comments

Ryan H Avatar
22 months ago
Great news. Might be able to speak to some of my family in not-potato-quality soon.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
22 months ago

I'm interested - why does 5G support have to be rolled-out regionally?
Countries have different variations and regulations on the spectrum, so the equipment also varies. Carriers also have different equipment - which is why only the US models have mmWave.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
22 months ago
I'm interested - why does 5G support have to be rolled-out regionally?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
22 months ago

I thought Apple can enable 5G with a new carrier file rather than requiring a full software update?
Apple doesn't seem to do anything without a full software update.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
platinumaqua Avatar
22 months ago

Countries have different variations and regulations on the spectrum, so the equipment also varies. Carriers also have different equipment - which is why only the US models have mmWave.
I thought Apple can enable 5G with a new carrier file rather than requiring a full software update?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kottu Avatar
22 months ago

I don't know anything about India. Why do you need wifi to make calls inside? Is the service that bad that audio quality sucks indoors? Is there VoLTE/HD voice support?
Most of the houses in India are concrete buildings with thick walls. So, reception of mobile network is weak inside houses which are not close to a tower. In cities where it's like a concrete jungle, reception can be a big problem.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)