iPhone users in India will finally be able to take advantage of 5G connectivity starting next week. In a statement to Indian ExpressApple has confirmed that a new beta release of iOS 16.2 next week will bring 5G support to iPhone users in India using Airtel or Jio networks.
Apple faced pressure from the Indian government to release 5G support for iPhone users in the country. The company admitted a few weeks ago, saying it will roll out 5G support with a software update in December. Apple has now confirmed that iOS 16.2 will include 5G support in India, and beta users will be able to try it out next week.
Apple users on Airtel and Jio who participate in the Beta Software Program will be able to try out 5G after next week’s update. The Apple Beta Software Program allows users to try out pre-release software and try out the latest features before the software becomes publicly available.
This updated schedule from Apple on 5G support in India also effectively confirms that iOS 16.2 will be available to everyone in December. This has been reported by Bloomberg Mark Gorman, who said iOS 16.2 is scheduled for release in mid-December.
India is a growing market for Apple; The company touted strong growth in the country during its quarterly earnings report last week. One of Apple’s distributor partners in India also recently reported strong earnings growth due to high demand for iPhone and MacBook orders.
Redington Ltd, India’s largest distributor of Apple and IT products, on Thursday reported a 26% jump in September quarter profit on the back of booming domestic demand for phones, laptops and software.
Consolidated profit for the three months ended September 30 jumped to 3.87 billion rupees ($46.76 million) from 3.07 billion rupees a year earlier, the company said in a statement to the stock exchange. The iPhone seller’s quarterly revenue rose to 190.51 billion rupees from 152.87 billion rupees a year ago, according to the filing. Apple, its largest seller, accounts for 27% of revenue.
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. This feature will be supported by Airtel or Jio carrier customers as long as they are on a plan that supports 5G networks.
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