March 26, 2023

Apple announces ‘pure’ 5G for Brazilian iPhones running iOS 16.4

a new update For iPhones, it brings a long-awaited novelty: support for using the 5G Standalone (AS) network, better known as net 5G. In practice, the mobile network is available for phones of Vivo and Tim operators that use the 3.5 GHz band.

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5G network access

Despite the availability of technology, access still has drawbacks.

In short, to access the network through the operator Vivo it is theoretically necessary to have the operator’s 5G SIM or eSIM. In this case, the option to activate 5G on TIM seems to be available, but it is still not possible to activate the technology via eSIM.

In the case of Claro, for example, access to Pure 5G does not appear even on operator devices.


The wait was long. It is because iPhone users have been waiting since July last year to use the high-speed internet. The wait coincides with the period when Anatel has begun launching its new mobile network signal in Brazilian capitals.

Previously, there was an expectation that the technology would be available for Apple phones from September 2022. However, the prediction did not materialize.

Finally, the final version of iOS16 is expected to allow access to the new mobile network, regardless of the operator chosen by the user.

Check out the list of iPhones approved by Anatel to receive a 5G signal:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iphone 12 mini