Apple has altered the way it displays mobile data connectivity on the iPhone 12, which some users might find misleading.
An early review of the iPhone 12 found the status bar displays the best available mobile data connection, rather than the speed currently in use. So, even though you may see ‘5G’ to the right of the display notch, you may still be accessing 4G LTE speeds.
This doesn’t appear to be the only nuance when it comes to using 5G on the new iPhone 12. Earlier this week we reported that 5G connectivity won’t be available for those using Dual SIM mode. That’s likely to be amended with a forthcoming iOS update.
The iPhone 12 is the first ever Apple device to offer a 5G modem. However, while other phones have had the tech for the last couple of years, Apple enters a market still a long way short of offering universal coverage.
So, for once, the success of Apple’s flagship feature will depend largely upon how quickly the network providers can expand the reach of their 5G networks.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are now available to pre-order ahead of their release on Friday October 23. The iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will go on sale in late November.