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

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  1. Commodore 64 macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I thought they learned the lesson with edge and “4G”. Never let the (stoked) marketing department be responsible for presenting and labeling new tech.:confused:

    ...the should do like Apple and let the tech department do the naming and have the coolest yet quirky person from said department do the presentation;)
  2. drumcat macrumors 6502a


    Feb 28, 2008
    Otautahi, Aotearoa
    Carriers with a fake advantage clearly benefit. If this fake stuff was not beneficial, they wouldn't do it.

    And it's AT&T. They don't care. They will lie.

    New Zealand is a country of 5 million, and we have 4 major carriers.
    The USA is a country of 312 million, and has 4 major carriers(, soon to be 3?).

    Capitalism is dying in the heart of Capitalism.
  3. CrysisDeu macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2018
    Huawei is going to announce a foldable-5G phone this February on MWC, this is a FACT
  4. iGeek2014 macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2014
    === Nowheresville ===
    Reminds of the time Apple advertised the iPad as being 4G capable... until they got their knuckles rapped as it was only available in America & Canada, at the time.
  5. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm assuming that this requires an Xs and Xs Max.
  6. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I am pretty sure if Apple told AT&T to take a hike, AT&T wouldn't allow themselves to be the only carrier to not carry the iPhone. It would be suicide.
  7. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Okay and?

    Will it come out on February? Probably not. Even if it does, that still counts as later in 2019. It is 2019 is it not?
  8. alexnyc8 macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2018
    this whole 5g is the biggest experiment on humanity. google 5g dangers. too bad noone will listen until its too late
  9. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    False. Google anything danger and you will find crackpot theories. It’s ********.
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    And those phones will never make it to US shores. And even European countries are rethinking their ties to Huawei’s 5G technology. Qualcomm, Nokia, and Ericsson have some catching up to do, so 5G won’t be prevalent until 2020.
  11. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Shame on AT&T for creating confusion in the space. People are already struggling to understand what 4G, LTE, 5G, WiFi mean, .... and now we have "5G E" that is actually "LTE" and nothing more?

    This type of stuff should be illegal.
  12. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    The "update" sounds as bad as the fake rollout. That shouldn't sound anymore useful. AT&T would have been better not doing this at all, then miss-leading users.
  13. sentiblue macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    Silicon Valley
  14. Michael Goff macrumors G5

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    You can Google anything and get responses. That's what Google does.
  15. Statusnone88 macrumors 65832


    Jun 19, 2010
    I’m on 12.2 b2, and in Orlando. Still don’t see 5GE. Guess I actually wanted to see it, lol.
  16. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    T-Mobile at the same time had their phones labeled “4G” on 3G HSPA+, assume if this marketing tactic starts helping AT&T for T-Mobile to stop making fun and start following.
  17. luvbug macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
    I own several thousand shares of AT&T, and I'm going to be looking for an opportunity to sell them. Yet another company that thinks it's OK to distort the truth and misrepresent facts to the public/their customers to make a profit. In other words, another bullsh*t big business with no integrity. If we accept bad behavior, we'll get it in spades.
  18. vicviper789 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2013
    Mean while on sprint in my home...

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  19. Avenged110 macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2010
    Greatest Country on Earth
    I was so pissed when that happened just because of the sheer stupidity of it. While I thankfully have T-Mobile now, I still have a jailbreak tweak installed to fix that one.

  20. redpandadev macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    The icons are provided by the carrier bundle, which is provided by the carrier to Apple (though certainly with some level of collaboration, probably in the form of an SDK that Apple provides to the carrier).

    You've probably occasionally seen a "carrier update" separate from iOS updates - that's the carrier bundle that is being updated (new iOS versions ship with new bundles as well).

    Back in the earlier iOS modification days, you could even change the icons and strings by creating your own carrier bundle and installing with iTunes (no jailbreak required). Those days are over though as carrier bundles are just as much signed and secured as iOS now. If you had a jailbroken device, you certainly could edit the icons and more.
  21. Danbrown521 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    Lakeland, Fl
    I’m in Lakeland, Florida. About 30 minutes west of Orlando and have it.
  22. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Yup, T-Mobile started it way back when they didn’t have LTE yet.
    Regardless, US carriers are the worst. They lie, lie, and lie (unlimited but not unlimited, faux G, passing on taxes as fees, activation fees, provider locking, etc etc). It’s quite hilarious how US consumers are just bending over again and again and enjoying the shaft for decades.
  23. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2015
    Stratford, CT
    Oh shut the **** up AT&T, ‘experience’ my ass, Verizon and T-Mobile have had this running for a long time now. Experience. Oye.
  24. coolsean20 macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2014
    This is why I left AT&T and their stupid marketing schemes for Verizon
  25. imlynxy macrumors 65816

    Mar 8, 2012
    You do not sound as an investor for me.

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