If you’ve been keeping up to date with our news posts, then you may have seen us previously report on American carrier AT&T’s attempt to pass off their network as being 5G-capable. But the reality is that there are no truly 5G networks operating at present, and there are unlikely to be any — especially within the UK — until around 2020. Still, that hasn’t stopped some carriers from trying to entice customers with the promise of faster speeds. And now software and hardware giant Apple have officially endorsed AT&T’s ‘5G’ network.
Apple endorses supposed ‘5G’ network
Apple are in the middle of a beta testing phase for their newest iOS (operating system) update, 12.2, which contains a controversial software update. This change displays a ‘5G E’ icon in place of the usual 3G or 4G indicator, providing the user meets certain criteria. Though a relatively small change, numerous sources are pointing out how the update is misleading for customers who may expect that they’ve been upgraded to a full 5G network, with an expectation of similar advancements in speed that were seen between 3G and 4G.
Back in 2012, Apple agreed to push an update to AT&T-specific handsets, which displayed a ‘4G’ indicator on specific models of iPhone that were running on the AT&T network. This was despite the fact that there weren’t marked differences in performance or data transfer speeds over the 3G network. For other providers that didn’t have the same agreement, such as Verizon in the USA, this put AT&T at a significant advantage from a device marketing point of view. At the time, Apple simply said, “With iOS 5.1, iPhone 4S will now see this reflected in the status bar.”