Apple released iOS 16.2 RC for developers and beta users on Wednesday, before expecting the update’s official release sometime 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 experience 5G in India
Previously, iPhone users in India could not connect to the country’s 5G networks due to a lack of iOS support. The Indian government has been pushing 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 (about Aaron Zollo). After installing the update, users can turn on 5G in the iPhone Settings app to take advantage of the faster, lower-latency network.
Of course, connecting to a 5G network in India requires a compatible iPhone and a compatible carrier. iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 users can connect to 5G networks in India, as can iPhone SE 3 users. The feature is supported by Airtel or Jio carrier customers as long as they are subscribed to a plan that 5G networks supported.
It’s worth noting that India represents a growing market for Apple. The company announced strong growth in the country in its quarterly report last week. One of Apple’s reseller partners in India also recently reported strong profit growth on strong demand for iPhone and MacBook orders.
India’s largest distributor of Apple and IT products, Redington Ltd, on Thursday reported a 26% profit jump in the September quarter on buoyant domestic demand for phones, laptops and software.
Consolidated profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 rose to Rs.3.87 billion (US$46.76 million) from Rs.3.07 billion a year earlier, the company said in a stock exchange filing. The iPhone retailer’s quarterly sales rose to Rs 190.51 billion from Rs 152.87 billion a year ago, according to the filing. Apple, its largest single vendor, accounted for 27% of sales.
More about iOS 16.2
Here’s a summary of what’s new in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2:
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