Some AT&T iPhones Displaying Misleading '5GE' Icon in iOS 12.2 Beta 2 [Updated]

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    Some AT&T users who have installed the new iOS 12.2 beta are noticing their iPhones displaying a '5G E' connection to AT&T's network, which is AT&T's misleading name for an "upgraded" version of 4G LTE.

    AT&T began rolling out its fake 5G icon to Android smartphones in early January, and it now appears the change is extending to the iPhone.

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    Devices in certain areas are displaying a "5G E" icon instead of LTE, but as the "E" suggests, this is not real 5G. No iPhone that exists right now is capable of connecting to a 5G network, nor is AT&T's network 5G at this time.

    The "E" stands for Evolution, a new brand name AT&T is using for some parts of its LTE network. According to AT&T, 5G Evolution reaches a peak theoretical wireless speed of 400Mb/s, which does not match 5G data transfer speeds and is in fact the same as traditional LTE speeds.

    AT&T claims that 5G Evolution is the "first step on the road to 5G," bringing improvements to already-existing LTE networks. Technically, 5G Evolution uses technologies already employed by other carriers.
    According to AT&T, its "5G Evolution" network is live in more than 400 markets, with more to come. Other carriers, such as T-Mobile, have made fun of AT&T for its misleading branding.


    True 5G smartphones won't be coming until later in 2019, and rumors suggest Apple will not introduce 5G support until 2020 at the earliest.

    Update: AT&T has provided the following statement to MacRumors on the new icon in iOS 12.2 beta 2: "Today, some iPhone and iPad users could start seeing our 5G Evolution indicator on their devices. The indicator simply helps customers know when they are in an area where the 5G Evolution experience may be available."

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    AT&T got Apple to label their 3G networks as "4G" circa 2010 or 2011, so it's not a surprise that "5G E" is showing up now.
     
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    Hsdpa+ 3.5g mislabeled as “4g” all over again
     
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    I would instantly switch my provider, if mine ever did that.
    I hate dishonesty.
     
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    What is the oldest iPhone that supports the fake 5G as opposed to "regular 4G LTE"?

    edit: XS and XS Max, according to posters.
     
  9. profets macrumors 601

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    5G “evolution”

    Doesn’t the E in LTE stand for evolution (long term evolution)?

    Stupid.
     
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    Goes well with iOS's use of misleading UIx elements since iOS7 :)
     
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    Apple relies on carriers to sell phones. It's as simple as that.

    Some people might think Apple shouldn't bow down, but reality is different.
     
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    It's a simple equation: 5G + Edge, which brings us back to 4G speeds LOL
     
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    This can happen, but still no battery percentage. :rolleyes:
     
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    I remember when the iPhone 4 remained on 3G, while my 4S friends started bragging about being upgraded to 4G overnight. It would be funny if Apple only pushes this 5G E to the iPhone XS devices.

    I'm glad that I'm on T-Mob, because I don't want to roll my eyes every time I look at my signal strength.
     
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    Att did this with 4G they are sleazy and unethical
     
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    Absolutely! Although I expected something like that out of Anger Danger...
     
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    Actually, it was T-Mobile who made the push for that back when they didn’t have much LTE coverage. AT&T followed suit.
     
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    Sweet! Now I can finally get 40Mbps on my iPhone XS...
     
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    It's their new marketing confusion crap just like the fake 4G.

    5G Evolution

    5G Evolution is our first step on the road to 5G. Our improvements are already enabling faster speeds on our existing LTE network.

    How are we doing it? With enhancements like carrier aggregation to add more “lanes” to the highway that data travels on. 4x4 MIMO to double the number of antennas that can send data back and forth. And 256 QAM to make data transmission more efficient. All this adds up to faster speeds for you.

    5G Evolution is now live in over 400 markets with more to come, and soon our most popular smartphones will start displaying a “5G E” indicator to let you know when 5G Evolution coverage is available.
    5G Evolution is our first step on the road to 5G. Our improvements are already enabling faster speeds on our existing LTE network.

    How are we doing it? With enhancements like carrier aggregation to add more “lanes” to the highway that data travels on. 4x4 MIMO to double the number of antennas that can send data back and forth. And 256 QAM to make data transmission more efficient. All this adds up to faster speeds for you.

    5G Evolution is now live in over 400 markets with more to come, and soon our most popular smartphones will start displaying a “5G E” indicator to let you know when 5G Evolution coverage is available.

    https://www.att.com/5g/consumer
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    No.. 5G E just has more lanes.

    Just think of it like a road with 20 car lanes. You only drive one car but you can see the other 19 lanes. Now just think of like this, those 20 lanes are in an entirely different state from where you live.

    See it's that fast!
     
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    It's showing on mine as well, didn't notice until I got in the car
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    T-Mobile did the same thing with their HSPA+ network.
    If I recall correctly, T-Mobile started the whole Faux G crap.
     

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