Some AT&T users who have installed the latest iOS 12.2 update have noticed a ‘5G E’ icon on the corner of their iPhone or iPads, according to a 9to5mac report.
The change from ‘4G’ or ‘3G’ to ‘5G E’ appeared today after users began running the iOS 12.2 beta software.
AT&T’s 5G Evolution
A number of users have pointed out that this is misleading as the carrier doesn’t offer 5G, nor does any iPhone have a 5G modem.
AT&T claims that the ‘E’ stands for evolution, a new brand the carrier is using to for some part of its LTE network.
According to AT&T, 5G Evolution is the “first step on the road to 5G”. However, the speeds that it can reach are not the same as the super-fast connection of 5G when it arrives.
T-Mobile took this opportunity to openly mock AT&T for its misleading branding. In response to a Tweet posted by Verge, T-Mobile wrote: “didn’t realise it was that easy, brb updating”.
True 5G smartphones won’t be arriving until 2019, and several online reports state that Apple will not be introducing 5G support in 2020.
“The indicator simply helps customers know when they are in an area where the 5G Evolution experience may be available,” AT&T told MacRumours.
The news comes after Apple confirmed that it will release an update that will fix a FaceTime bug, which allows interlopers to eavesdrop on Group FaceTime calls. Apple said the update is expected to arrive sometime this week.