The iPhone 12 just launched with a bunch of improvements, and in fact, 5G support. Apple talked tons about 5G during the launch, even getting Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg to speak about Verizon’s Ultrawideband 5G coverage and more. However, Apple conveniently forgot to say an important issue with the iPhone 12’s 5G support.
Apparently, if you’re using two SIMs on your dual SIM iPhone 12, you won’t get 5G networks on either one among them. That’s consistent with a leaked Apple training document that has been doing the rounds on Reddit. As per that document, Apple has this to say:
“DOES 5G WORK WITH DUAL SIM?”
WHEN USING TWO LINES IN DUAL SIM MODE, 5G DATA ISN’T SUPPORTED ON EITHER LINE and can FALL BACK TO 4G LTE. IF CUSTOMERS ARE USING ESIM ONLY AND ARE ON A 5G SUPPORTED CARRIER and repair PLAN, THEY’LL HAVE 5G ACCESS.
That feels really silly, especially on a flagship phone costing upwards of $699 to start out. As per MacRumors, Apple is planning on fixing the difficulty with a software update within the future, but the Cupertino giant has thus far refused to discuss either the training document, the 5G dual SIM situation, or any plans for a software fix somewhere down the road. because it stands immediately, if you were hoping to use 5G with dual SIMs on your iPhone (were you, really?), the iPhone 12 won’t allow you to do this.
Hopefully, Apple will fix this issue with a subsequent software update, but it’s normally not an honest idea to form your buying decisions supported hopes and dreams, and during this case, it’s worse because Apple hasn’t even said anything a few future update to repair the matter.