Apple will enable 5G for Indian users in the iOS beta programme as early as next week. Airtel and Jio customers on any of the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE (3rd generation) models will be able to use Apple’s Beta Software Program to experience 5G service.
The Apple Beta Software Program also lets users try out pre-release software and experience the latest features before the software becomes more widely available.
This comes after India announced the launch of 5G services on October 1.
This is a beta rollout will give Apple valuable feedback needed to fix flaws with the service if any.
While iPhones sold in India have the hardware capability of using 5G — though not the fastest mmWave version — the feature has previously been disabled through software. That was because India did not have the infrastructure for 5G — and now it has.
Users have been invited to provide feedback to Apple on quality and usability, which helps Apple identify issues, fix them, and make Apple software even better.
To access the Apple Beta Software Program, simply enrol your iPhone here to access the latest public betas, as well as subsequent updates, including the 5G beta which will be available to Airtel and Jio customers from next week.
The fifth-generation mobile technology was first introduced in South Korea three years ago. The reviews of users have been underwhelming. However, a dearth of matching applications, local operators led by billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. are betting that will change. They are counting on the nation’s 600 million-plus smartphone users to switch to the new network in due course and also on industries gearing for a digital transformation.
Carriers agreed to fork out $19 billion just two months ago for airwaves at a government auction, with Reliance’s $11 billion bid topping the list. The conglomerate proposes to invest two trillion rupees ($25 billion) more. Billionaire Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Airtel Ltd. and Vodafone Idea Ltd. haven’t disclosed their spending plans as yet.
While Reliance raised more than $25 billion from marquee investors in 2020 to help fund digital expansion, the need to spend big on 5G could weigh on the finances of rivals. Bharti and unprofitable Idea have a combined net debt of $37 billion, and the latter staved off bankruptcy by giving 36 per cent of its equity to the Indian government earlier this year in lieu of back fees it couldn’t pay.