Apple has expanded support for 5G in Malaysia with its upcoming iOS 16.4 update, adding Unifi Mobile, Yes and Yoodo to the list of supported telcos for 5G on iPhones.
Users keen on gaining access to 5G will have to wait for the full release of iOS 16.4, expected between March and April, or enrol their device in the public beta.
However, do note that the beta versions could be unstable or have bugs. Those willing to tolerate such issues can enrol their device on Apple's beta programme website.
Simply create an account (if you don't already have one) and sign in, then select the specific device to be enrolled.
After that, download and install a configuration profile from the beta page. This should be done on the enrolled device.
Following that, the option to update the device to the iOS 16.4 beta should show up under the "Software Update" section of the settings app.
When that's been downloaded and installed, the device will be good to access 5G.
More details are available on Apple's guide to public beta webpage.
Users will also have the option to toggle between 5G On, 5G Auto and 4G under the Voice & Data menu in the settings app.
According to Apple, the 5G On option ensures the device always uses 5G when available, whereas 5G Auto switches the iPhone back to the 4G/LTE network to conserve battery power when 5G doesn't deliver a substantially improved user experience.
It is worth keeping in mind that only the iPhone 12 and subsequent models support 5G.
The update to iOS 16.2 last December added 5G support for Celcom, Digi and U Mobile, which coincidentally are Apple's Malaysian telco partners.
iOS 16.4 will also bring new features like additional emojis and support for push notifications from webapps via Safari, along with minor changes to the Podcasts and Apple Music apps.