Previously, only Android users were able to utilise the 5G network in Malaysia, even though iPhones support 5G as well. However, with the latest iOS update, Apple has enabled 5G connectivity on supported devices and selected telcos.
The iOS 16.2 update carry some new features such as end-to-end encryption for iCloud data, Apple Music karaoke mode, updates to Live Activities feature and more. It also brings bugs and security fixes. The most important of all, is the ability to finally use 5G, but only for Celcom, Digi, and U Mobile subscribers of a 5G-supported plan.
Why only these three telcos? Because they are Apple telco partners. Same goes for Maxis as well, but they have not signed the 5G access agreement with Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB). Also, only iPhone 12 and above, including the iPhone SE 2022 will have access to 5G.
In another 5G-related news, DNB said the 5G rollout is proceeding ahead of schedule, and it’s expected to reach more than 40% of coverage of populated areas (COPA) throughout Malaysia by the end of this year.