Apple to upgrade iPhone software for 5G in India this year

Apple will update the software for its 5G-enabled phones in India by December as the Indian government pushes smartphone makers to adopt India-specific 5G network protocols.



Apple has said it will push software updates to recent models, including the iPhone 14, 13, 12 and iPhone SE, which, according to industry sources, do not yet support the network.

“We are working with our courier partners in India to deliver the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and quality and performance testing are completed,” Apple said in a statement Wednesday.

“5G will be enabled via a software update and will begin rolling out to iPhone users in December.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services on October 1 amid much hype, with major telecom operator Reliance Jio saying it would make the service available in four cities, while rival Bharti Airtel (BRTI.NS ) targeted eight cities.

MacDailyNews takes: As we wrote just yesterday, “It’s very early in India for 5G and it takes time to field test these updates and at least Apple wants to ensure their 5G iPhones work reliably with India’s 5G tastes.”

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