Apple’s latest iOS 14.5 update improves iPhone 12 lineup on T-Mobile

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Apple released its latest iOS 14.5 update yesterday. And true enough, the new update brings some remarkable features that make Apple’s ecosystem more enjoyable to use. 

But it looks like there is one key feature that was not mentioned in Apple’s official announcement. Instead, T-Mobile’s President of Technology was the one to share details about this key feature on Twitter.   

The unmentioned feature enables 5G support on the iPhone 12 lineup of devices. The big news was revealed by Neville Ray, who shared that T-Mo is the only wireless provider with “nationwide SA 5G” coverage. This guarantees that 5G is available with “lower latency and even better” coverage compared to non-standalone (NSA) 5G connectivity. 

By enabling 5G network on the iPhone 12 family of devices, T-Mobile is making the lineup future-proof. And they are the first to do so compared to their competitors. 

 

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  • ZemoStyle

    So do iphone 12s have vonr?

    • slybacon

      iPhone 12 devices have the Qualcomm X55 modem, which doesn’t support VoNR. The X60 modem (which should be in this year’s iPhone “13”) will support VoNR and also carrier-aggregation (CA). No carrier has implemented VoNR or CA on their network yet. T-Mobile will probably be the first one as they’ve mentioned both technologies should be operational this year. The X60 modem is the one to get IMO (in any device).
      Stand-alone Architecture (SA) isn’t related to VoNR. iPhone 12 devices with the X55 can do SA.

      • Sharti24

        So calls on a Galaxy S21 will work on VoNR but the iPhone 12 will fall back to LTE?

        • slybacon

          It’s actually a little vague on the X55. The S21 definitely has the X60 and it definitely supports VoNR and CA, but the Qualcomm info sheet on the X55 doesn’t mention VoNR or CA, but Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Oppo completed X55 VoNR tests in Europe last year. So, maybe the X55 will support it.?.?.? IDK. Either way, still need the infrastructure in place for both of those technologies.

      • ZemoStyle

        Don’t care whether carriers have implemented it just asked if iphone 12s support vonr….

        Looks like iphone 13 for me…

  • slybacon

    Note that the release version of iOS 14.5 does NOT have the SA 5G toggle as shown on many Apple news websites. It is automatic now, as long as you have iOS 14.5 and T-Mobile carrier profile 46.0.2 and you have 5G enabled.

  • Glenn Gore

    iOS 14.5 contains a very significant modem update and I have noticed a definite improvement in 5G signal stability and consistency since applying that update. Previously my phone has been showing just 1 bar of 5G and switching back and forth to LTE all the time. Now it shows 2-3 bars of 5G consistently and has not switched to LTE once. Good job Apple!

    • The Waz

      How do you enable that on the iPhone 12 Pro? I don’t get an option for standalone under cellular?

      • Glenn Gore

        You don’t enable the modem update per se, it just comes along with the iOS update. The only change you can make in your phone is whether to allow more or less data to come from 5G. You do that in Settings>Cellular Data Options>Data Mode

      • marque2

        After modem updates the phone can get glitchy. (I use Android, though, so it will be hard to personally help). If you got the update, and don’t see improvement, somewhere in your settings, but probably fairly hidden is a setting to reset all your modems. It might be you reset WiFi Bluetooth and the cell modem at the same time, or you do it individually. That reset usually helps the phone use the new modem install better. You might lose some data, like autoconnected WiFi routers, and your Blutooth pairings.

        • marque2

          Whomever voted me down, I guess doesn’t believe there is a modem reset. It is one of the first things T-mobile tells you to do if call them and complain your local tower is not working with your phone.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I just ignore the votes down.. Heck, I got a vote down just because I said that the 137 million that John got for his retirement, was mostly a retirement package, and not wages for actually working for those 3 months.. I figure that when you get one, it is because someone either is not happy with your response (maybe an apple user that just does not want to admit that apple could do something wrong), someone that does not want to believe that it could be true, or someone just hit the button by accident.. Most of the time, I figure it is the latter if there is just one. In this case, you will have to ask jralphroman which it is..

        • marque2

          Well there are also those times when I am being purposely hostile, so I expect a TD, but often, I have no idea what people are thing.

          As for John’s retirement, he saved a company about to go under, and created thousands of new jobs in the process (most of the wealth goes to employees and to pay for services) Lots of additional people are putting food on the table because of John, but socialism is more fair or something.

          I am actually surprised how free market most people are on this board actually, but when there is an announcement like this there is a group that either takes it on themselves, or is paid to say how awful it is that someone with great talents has made money.

        • Shaun Michalak

          You forgot to add, the people that just are selfish or greedy, and are mad that someone else got that money and not them.. Heck, I have seen people go to food banks to get free food and complain about the type of food that they get.. But I wanted the cake, not donuts.. This is only 70% ground beef, i wanted the 90%.. Selfishness and greed with some people can go a long way.. along with resentment and anger..

          Personally, I think he did an excellent job.. and his approach even got AT&T and Verizon to get off their duffs a little, and improve their networks too.. Verizon had that bit of a comfort zone that made them arrogant.. But when AT&T started building out, and verizon was hit with those facts in their face.. Especially with the false advertising that they did..

          Verizon was advertising that they had something like over 450,000 square miles more of coverage more then AT&T, when in fact they only had something like 70,000 because of AT&T’s expansions.. That made verizon take a double look at things at they got a nice slap in the face about reality.. and I think AT&T went more on the defensive for two reasons.. One was the sudden and vastly expanding T-Mobile network, and the other was the agreement for the safenet contract..

          I think I got a few people that decided to prove me wrong with my last comment.. 2 down votes talking about people that give down votes.. I think we just might have a few mischievous people in this forum.. lol

  • Sharti24

    Nice, now on to deploying VoNR nationwide!

  • Shaun Michalak

    With reading the comments about how the apple update improved coverage and service with 5G, it is going to be interesting to see how coverage plays out once they get the bugs worked out of the android OS’s too.. Either way, I think next year might be a good year to finally upgrade to a nice 5G phone.. By then, they should have VoNR installed, the X60 chips should be out for CA support, along with VoNR support.. They should have a lot of the bugs worked out so the phones run good, and you do not have a lot of problems keeping connected to the 5G network, etc.. and by then, they should have a much higher and more significant 5G network out there to use..