Apple released iOS 16.2 RC to developers and beta users on Wednesday, ahead of the official release later this month.
Due to iOS’s lack of support, iPhone users in India were previously unable to connect to 5G networks there. Apple acknowledged in November that it would implement 5G support in India with a software update as a result of pressure from the Indian government. Apple has now enabled 5G for iPhones in India with iOS 16.2 RC.
Indian 5G support is not mentioned in the official release notes for iOS 16.2. But iPhone users who have installed the update have already been able to verify the change. Users can activate 5G in the iPhone Settings app after installing the update to benefit from the faster network with lower latency.
Of course, a compatible iPhone and carrier are necessary in order to connect to a 5G network in India. Users of the iPhone SE 3 and the iPhones 12, 13, and 14 will be able to connect to 5G networks in India. Customers of Airtel or Jio carriers will be able to use the feature. This feature can be used as long as they are enrolled in a plan that supports 5G networking.
It’s important to note that Apple has a growing market in India. When reporting its quarterly earnings last week, the company praised the nation’s rapid growth. Due to the high demand for iPhone and MacBook orders, one of Apple’s reseller partners (India) reported strong profit growth.