Apple is rolling out a 5G software update in December

Under pressure to push out software updates to enable 5G services on iPhone in India, Apple said on Wednesday it would start rolling out the required software update to users in December. Senior government officials are set to meet with Apple, Samsung and other smartphone makers to urge them to prioritize the 5G update for the Indian market, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of services on Oct. 1.

“We are working with our carrier partners in India to offer iPhone users the best 5G experience once network validation and testing for quality and performance is complete. 5G will be enabled via a software update and will roll out to iPhone users in December,” Apple said in a statement Wednesday.

Apple is known for being finicky when it comes to user experience and this might be the reason why it will take some time to test the services available in India and how they work on its devices. Currently, Apple’s iPhone 14, iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 series phones, as well as the iPhone SE models (3rd generation) are compatible with 5G. These devices will receive the software update in December.

While carriers have announced the launch of 5G services, smartphone makers have yet to test how their devices will work on the bands available in India. They must check for bugs and incorporate fixes into their software updates to ensure user experience is not impacted.

Speaking to last week, Airtel chief technology officer Randeep Sekhon said Apple is currently testing 5G in India and the network has “set up special networks for them to test.” Most other handset makers are already supporting 5G services launched by Airtel, Sekhon said.

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