What is 5G and what does it mean for iPhone users in India?

What is 5G and what does it mean for iPhone users in India?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday officially launched 5G services on the opening day of the Mobile India Conference in New Delhi. All three major Indian carriers – Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vi – are set to offer 5G service in the province and have set various timelines for scaling up nationwide. Getting 5G to consumers first requires a 5G-compatible device and if you’re wondering if your Apple iPhone will support mobile 5G once it’s up and running in your city, we’re here to help.

Here’s everything you need to know about iPhones that have 5G and how this next-generation wireless technology will change your smartphone experience.

What is 5G, anyway?

5G, the next generation of wireless technology, promises to deliver faster speeds, faster connections and faster access to the cloud. This is why 5G is touted as the lifeblood of India’s digital economy. Once telecom operators start rolling out 5G services in India, you’ll notice a faster connection on your phone – up to 100 times faster than what you currently get on 4G. Think of downloading a full HD movie in 3 seconds. But that’s largely theoretical performance for 5G networks, far from what you actually get in the real world.

There are three types of radio signals to provide cellular service to 5G smartphones: low, medium, and high frequencies. High band spectrum, also known as millimeter wave, has the highest speeds and larger bandwidth but the shortest range. Low range has longer range but lacks speed. The middle range is the perfect place in terms of range and speed. 5G mid-band, also known as “sub-6GHz”And the It is what telecom operators will use to provide 5G services to millions of Indians.

But 5G is more than just smartphones. Experts say 5G will open up new possibilities and drive new experiences. Self-driving cars, virtual and augmented reality, cloud gaming and smart cities are some of the 5G use cases.

What iPhones support 5G?

Almost all the new iPhones available in India today support 5G technology. The iPhone 12 was the first 5G iPhone and every new iPhone launched since then supports the next generation of wireless technology. This means iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini. They all come with 5G as standard. The complete iPhone 13 lineup – iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max come with 5G. The latest iPhone 14 models also support 5G cellular connectivity. Even the iPhone SE 2 comes with 5G. Keep in mind that no iPhones have been released before the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 range, and this includes the iPhone SE (2020) and iPhone 11 series. Outside the US, iPhone models support sub-6GHz frequencies.

Avoid buying old used iPhone models like the iPhone XR as they lack 5G support. (Express Photo)

What is the cost of 5G enabled iPhones in India?

Last The iPhone 14 starts at Rs 79,900, while the iPhone 14 Plus retails for Rs 89,900. The high-end iPhone 14 Pro starts at Rs 129,900 and iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at Rs 139,900. In comparison, the iPhone 13 now starts at Rs 69,900 for the base 128GB version. iPhone 12 is also listed on Apple’s website at a price of Rs 59,900. Just remember that the price of the iPhone varies depending on where you buy the device and at what time of the year.

Why do you need iPhone 5G?

So, if you are choosing to buy a new iPhone this year, buying a 5G phone makes sense because it will ‘protect you in the future’ until you plan to replace that device. Even if a 5G iPhone costs you more than you originally paid for the previous model, it’s worth considering owning a 5G-enabled phone. Regardless of whether you are opting for a new iPhone or settling on a used iPhone, you should get one with 5G connectivity.

The iPhone 12 was the first iPhone to support the 5G network. (Express Photo)

Where can I get 5G service on my iPhone?

In India, Reliance Jio, Airel and Vi will offer 5G services. Reliance Jio plans to introduce 5G services in a phased manner. As part of the first phase, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai will get 5G services from Diwali. The operator said it will continue to gradually expand 5G coverage. On the other hand, Airtel’s 5G services will be available in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Bengaluru. The company will cover most major cities by March 2023 and the entire country by March 2024.

How much do I need to pay for 5G services on my iPhone?

So far, no telecom company in India has revealed plans for 5G traffic. With operators investing huge sums in creating infrastructure, they will need to launch 5G services at the right price. Union Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnau recently said that the government will ensure that 5G plans remain accessible to the public. As one would expect, 5G tariffs are expected to be more expensive than 4G.

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