What you need to know
- Apple has published a new support document.
- It details everything you need to know about 5G on the iPhone 12.
- It includes information about settings including Apple's new Smart Data Mode.
Spotted by Apple Terminal, the document covers all four new models of iPhone and details information on things like the 5G icon status bar. The iPhone 12 will display three different types of 5G icon depending on where you are and what you're connected to:
Importantly, the document confirms that the 5G icon displayed on your phone doesn't necessarily reflect the data being used at that moment, but does confirm that 5G is available. This is likely due to Apple's new Smart Data Mode, which means that even if 5G is available and you are connected, your phone might actually be using 4G data to optimize battery life and data consumption. Apple notes the default setting for 5G is Smart Data mode, but that you can turn this feature off to use either 5G-only or LTE-only too:
An 'allow more data on 5G' setting will offer users higher-quality video and FaceTime calls, as well as iOS updates over cellular:
Apple confirmed to Apple Terminal that the feature would let users download and install updates over 5G.
The document also confirms previous reports that the iPhone 12 does not support 5G whilst you're using two lines in Dual Sim mode except in China. You can read the full document here.
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