5G Standalone: What Is The New Connectivity Standard For iPhone?
Though quite a few iPhone models and cellular carriers support 5G, not all support the 5G Standalone spec. Here’s what the expanded support means.
Instead, users can take advantage of C-Band 5G, which is the most common and most reliable form of 5G. C-Band 5G operates in a mid-range frequency that provides better speed than 4G and LTE with comparable coverage areas.
But there’s been a catch throughout the 5G rollout so far – the 5G network on the most popular carriers in North America has been based on the existing LTE infrastructure. 5G Standalone has been the default option for networking in the China mainland since iOS 14.6, according to Apple, but U.S.
support lagged behind. Since North American carriers have rolled out 5G on the older LTE infrastructure, current 5G speeds are limited by the outdated equipment. With iOS 16.4, Apple is expected to introduce 5G Standalone to more users and carriers in North American markets, as first spotted by 9to5Mac.