Apple’s upcoming iOS 14.5 update will enable global dual-SIM support for 5G on the iPhone 12 series, according to some release notes the company shared with Rene Ritchie and others. The update has just been released to developers but we do not know when it will be released to the public.
Along with global dual-SIM support for 5G on the iPhone 12, the beta includes many new features like Face ID unlock while wearing a mask and Apple Watch, app tracking transparency controls, support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controllers, and more.
iOS 14.5 beta enables support for dual SIM 5G globally
iPhone 12 models feature both a physical SIM slot and a digital eSIM, which allows users to make use of dual SIM capabilities. This means that users can have two lines of service on a single iPhone. This is useful for having a personal and business line on one device, or for getting the best deals when it comes to carriers.
Though 5G has been supported by Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup since it launched in October 2020, users who wanted to make use of dual-SIM support discovered that they were only able to run 4G connectivity on both SIMs. This was definitely disappointing for users who purchased an iPhone 12 over other models for the improved network connectivity, but this future update will reportedly fix that.
5G was a major selling point for iPhone 12 and Apple hyped it up during the announcement event. So, the fact that it was unavailable to many users at launch was not well received. Despite this, iPhone 12 helped Apple set a record for the most iPhones ever sold in a single quarter.
Developers can download the first iOS 14.5 beta right now and a public release will likely be released in the coming days. Users who do not like downloading beta versions of software updates might have to wait for several weeks to check out the latest features. Apple has previously said that iOS 14.5 will be released publically in early spring.