iOS 14.5 will enable dual-SIM 5G support on the iPhone 12 lineup

Iphone 12 5g
Iphone 12 5g (Image credit: Apple)

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  • Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 update will enable global dual-SIM 5G support on compatible iPhones.

Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 update will enable global dual-SIM support for 5G on the iPhone 12 lineup, according to reports. The update has just been made available to developers although there is no timeline for when it will be released to the public.

While 5G has been supported by the iPhone 12 lineup since launch late last year, those taking advantage of dual-SIM support found that they were only able to run 4G connectivity on both lines. That's less than ideal, but this upcoming update will reportedly fix that.

This is a big addition for Apple and those who make use of the dual-SIM functionality on recent iPhones. 5G was a big selling point for the iPhone 12 lineup and Apple made a huge deal about it during the announcement event. To have it unavailable to a portion of users at launch was disappointing to some and the news a fix is incoming will no doubt be well received.

Developers can download the first iOS 14.5 beta right now, while a public beta release is also likely in the coming days. Those who don't like to play the beta game will likely need to wait a few weeks before they can get in on the action, however.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.