Apple officially introduces 5G on iPhone with iOS 16.2 RC in the second most populous country

Apple released iOS 16.2 RC to developers and beta users on Wednesday ahead of the update’s official release scheduled for this month. As we know, the update adds new features like Apple’s Freeform app, new HomeKit architecture and Apple Music Sing. But under the hood, iOS 16.2 also enables 5G network support for iPhone users in India.

iPhone users can now enjoy 5G in India

Until now, iPhone users in India could not connect to the country’s 5G network due to lack of iOS support. The Indian government pushed Apple to enable 5G support in India, and the company confirmed in November that it would do so with a software update. Now, with iOS 16.2 RC, Apple has finally enabled 5G for iPhone in India.

Although the official iOS 16.2 release notes do not mention 5G support in India, iPhone users who have installed the update have already been able to confirm the change (by Aaron Zollo). After installing the update, users can enable 5G in the iPhone Settings app to enjoy the faster network with lower latency.

Of course, connecting to a 5G network in India requires a compatible iPhone and mobile operator. iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 users will be able to connect to 5G networks in India, as well as iPhone SE 3 users. The feature will be supported by operator customers Airtel or Jio as long as they are subscribers to a plan that supports 5G networks.

It should be noted that India represents a growth market for Apple. The company touted strong growth in the country during its quarterly report last week. One of Apple’s retail partners in India also recently reported strong profit growth due to strong demand for iPhone and MacBook orders.

India’s largest retailer of Apple and computer products, Redington Ltd, on Thursday reported a 26% rise in September quarter profit on strong domestic demand for phones, laptops and software.

Consolidated profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 rose to 3.87 billion rupees ($46.76 million) from 3.07 billion rupees a year ago, the company said in a filing. The iPhone retailer’s quarterly revenue rose to 190.51 billion rupees from 152.87 billion rupees a year ago, according to the filing. Apple, its largest supplier, accounted for 27% of revenue.

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