What you need to know
- The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro will not support 5G in Dual SIM mode at launch.
- An internal document from Apple says that eSIM only customers will be able to use 5G at launch.
- An internal document from Verizon says Apple plans to add support for 5G in Dual SIM later this year.
Reported by MacRumors, Apple plans to bring 5G to iPhone owners using Dual SIM in a software update by the end of the year.
According to an internal document at Apple that was shared on Reddit, 5G will not be available to those using Dual SIM on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro when the device launches this Friday. If customers are using eSIM only, however, 5G should work just fine.
However, according to an internal document shared with Verizon employees, Apple does plan to enable 5G in Dual SIM mode in a software update later this year.
All of Apple's new iPhone models support 5G. In order to take advantage of the new speeds, iPhone 12 owners must ensure that they are on a 5G supported plan with their carrier. Apple also says that, for those who are traveling, they can access 5G internationally by purchasing a temporary plan and using either a physical SIM card or eSIM.
The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are hitting store shelves and people's doorsteps this Friday, October 23. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on pre-order on November 6 and be available on November 13, the same dates as the new HomePod mini.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
5G is about 2% deployed and it is likely to be about 10% deployed by 2025
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