Apple will upgrade the software of iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 or iPhone SE in India for 5G rollout by then.
Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics will update software for their 5G-enabled phones in India by December, the companies said on Wednesday, as Indian authorities urge mobile phone makers to adopt the high-speed network. Apple said it will push software upgrades to recent models, including the iPhone 14, iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPhone SE, which industry sources say aren’t yet supported. support the network.
“We are working with our carrier partners in India to deliver the best 5G experience to iPhone users as soon as network validation and quality and performance testing is complete,” Apple said in a statement.
“5G will be enabled through a software update and will start rolling out to iPhone users in December.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G services on October 1 to much fanfare, with major telecoms operator Reliance Jio saying it would make the service available in four cities, while rival Bharti Airtel was targeting eight cities.
A Samsung India spokesperson said the company will roll out updates to all of its 5G devices by mid-November.
Officials from the Ministry of Electronics and Computing held a meeting on Wednesday focusing on 5G adoption, attended by executives from Apple, Samsung, Vivo and Xiaomi, as well as telecom operators Reliance. , Airtel and Vodafone Idea.
The agenda includes “prioritizing” the release of software upgrades to support the high-speed network, the closed meeting notice said.
While telecom players and smartphone makers have been having discussions among themselves, resolving compatibility issues between telecom companies’ specific 5G technology in India and phone software is taking time, one of the sources said. Of the industry.
A Google spokesperson said on Wednesday, “Pixel 7, 7 Pro and Pixel 6a are 5G-enabled devices. We are actively working with Indian carriers to enable the feature at the earliest.”