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What you need to know

  • 49% of iPhone owners surveyed said they had 5G.
  • No iPhone currently shipping boasts 5G connectivity.
  • The first 5G iPhone will start shipping before the end of October.

A new study has found that a massive 49% of iPhone owners think that they have 5G connectivity already, despite the fact Apple hasn't yet sold a single iPhone that supports it.

Just as crazy is the news that 29% of those questioned, regardless of the smartphone they owned, didn't know whether they had 5G or not.

  • 49% of Apple iPhone users across all carriers think their current smartphone is 5G capable.
  • 29% of all smartphone users are unsure whether their phone is capable of accessing 5G. Even when looking only at users that bought smartphones this year, 24% are unsure whether their phone is capable of accessing 5G.

The news comes thanks to a study by Global Wireless Solutions that involved more than 5,000 adults across the United States.

This, of course, is all down to carriers. AT&T, for example, started putting 5Ge in iPhone status bars earlier this year thanks to the arrival of iOS 14.2. Apple clearly OK'ed the move, something that it shouldn't be forgiven for – just as AT&T should be ashamed of the confusion it's causing.

Despite saying 5Ge in iPhone status bars, AT&T iPhones don't actually support 5G. No iPhone sold today supports 5G, in fact. Carriers can talk about 5G Evolution and carrier aggregation all they want, but calling it 5G is false and dishonest.

The fact 49% of iPhone owners think they already have access to 5G is, frankly, ridiculous. And I don't blame them one bit.