iOS 16.4 will support 5G standalone mode with faster transmission speed
Apple is set to introduce support for faster 5G standalone network connectivity in iOS 16.4. This feature, which is available in the current beta testing version of iOS 16.4 for developers and registered Apple Beta Software Program users, can be used in conjunction with telecom services that support this type of connectivity.
Compared to non-standalone 5G connectivity, which is made up of multiple 4G LTE networks, standalone 5G network connectivity can transmit data at higher bandwidths, resulting in faster network speeds.
Apple has apparently begun testing this feature in the beta version of iOS 16.4, but only with specific telecom services that provide this type of connectivity, such as T-Mobile in the US and telecom providers Vivo and TIM Brasil in Brazil.
In addition to supporting standalone 5G connectivity, the official version of iOS 16.4 is also expected to add support for previewing Mastodon, a decentralized community service, through the messaging feature. Other updates include improved functionality for Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Books, as well as the ability to view AppleCare warranty information directly in the settings menu.