The iPhone 12’s Personal Hotspot Feature Runs Over 5GHz WiFi
Apple’s new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro both feature support for 5G, bringing faster cellular data to the iPhone for the first time. It also seems that anyone connected via Personal Hotspot will be able to make the most of that data thanks to support for 5GHz WiFi.
Older versions of the iPhone connected to other devices using 2.4GHz WiFi, meaning the transfer speed of any cellular data was slower than most home WiFi routers. That all changes with iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro however, as noted by MacRumors.
Personal Hotspot over 5GHz Wi-Fi is enabled by default on all iPhone 12 models. In the Settings > Personal Hotspot menu on these devices, there is a new “Maximize Compatibility” toggle that reverts Personal Hotspot to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi when enabled, with Apple noting that this may reduce internet performance on devices that are connected to the hotspot.
Many people use Personal Hotspot to connect iPads and Macs to their iPhone to avoid using free WiFi connections or paying for another cellular plan. It makes plenty of sense as well, with large data buckets becoming more commonplace.
This is great news for people who use Personal Hotspot to connect other devices to their iPhone so they can share its 5G connection.
Now they’ll be able to make the most of those blazing fast cell towers Verizon and co are so proud of.