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Could the iPhone 5 come with support for LTE after all?

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Could the iPhone 5 come with support for LTE after all?
So far, industry analysts have been split in their opinion whether the next iPhone will support LTE connectivity or not, but the rumor that we just came across might shed some light on the issue. According to an Engadget tipster, one of Apple's major retail stores has just been provided with LTE equipment, and the reason for that is speculated to be, of course, that the iPhone 5 will boast an LTE radio.

Although it isn't exactly clear what the LTE gear will be used for, the fact that it is present in an Apple store does not necessarily mean that the next iPhone will be LTE-enabled. The radios are said to be compatible with AT&T's frequencies – both the 700MHz and AWS spectrums, yet the latter will not be owned by the carrier until the T-Mobile acquisition goes through. Besides that, Apple is not very likely to adopt a relatively new technology until it has been thoroughly tested, as the fact the the very first iPhone had no 3G radio goes to show.

Of course, an LTE-enabled iPhone would be more than welcome by the hoards of Apple fans, but it still seems that it is just too early for that so it would be a good idea to not get your hopes too high. We are absolutely sure that Apple has a reasonable explanation for installing LTE radios in the said outlet, yet it probably has little to do with the iPhone at this time.

source: Engadget

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posted on 17 Aug 2011, 09:47

1. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:06

2. Moo (unregistered)


posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:12 3

3. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

Has PhoneArena become the Apple Bashing meca of the internet?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:18 2

4. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)

No, there are just soooo many iPhone rumours about, that's the problem. I am eagerly awaiting it too but I am tired of the rumours. So I'm just going to wait.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:41 2

7. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

Yeah, I'm getting a little tired of the rumor mill too. I wish they would just putout some real information already. I'm excited for the next iPhone and a few Android devices too.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:26 5

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

It's where Android fans congregate to bash Apple devices because they know Apple is superior.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:33 8

12. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1236; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

If it weren't for people like you half the people who hate apple, wouldn't.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:39 3

18. bucky (Posts: 2561; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

i can honestly say i dont see anybody bashing android here anymore. Android fans have taken over this website and bash EVERY single article out about the iphone.

Some of you even fight amongst yourselves!

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 01:36

50. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

lol@ the last sentence.

Whats funny is visiting an Android forum that has a wide range of phones and you will see this more times than not.

Android forum...you might see fanboys of:

Different manufactures
Different UI's
Root, ROM crowd vs. folks that dont
Different ROMs
Different apps

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:47 2

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4830; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

No it's just that there are so many rumors that it's getting out of hand. It's to the point that I will believe it when I see it or when it gets officially announced. Apple's iPhone 5 needs to be killer because phones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the HTC Evo 3D, the Motorola Photon 4G & the upcoming Motorola Droid Bionic have set the bar EXTREAMLY high. If Apple wants to be on par with those phones it NEEDS to be 4G! We will know soon enough.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 13:24 2

24. Allday28 (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)

Lets not forget about the new Nexus and HTC Vigor either..

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:26 6

5. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)

iPhone 6 will have holograms.

iPhone 7 will have virtual reality.

iPhone 8 will only exist within the 7's virtual reality.

iPhone 9... we will no longer have phones, but some hipster will think it's retro anyway.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:40

6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)

hahah.... That is actually funny. Good comment.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:27 4

10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

But most important of all, iPhone will always be better than Android :P

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:45 2

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

It never has been and i'm not sure if it ever will be better than Android. It's too simple.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 20:36 3

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

So iPhone wasn't even better than the original G1?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 21:49 1

41. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I'm talking about the OS, so that would be a no.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 23:04 2

44. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

So the first android OS was better? In what way? This shows how biased you are. The original g1 had a mediocre OS.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 08:43

46. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

ios from the very begining was a grid and still is. Not much else. Android from the very begin, still offered more features than ios. That simple.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 14:19 5

26. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

The Miz is so cute with his little Android insults...awwwww

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:16

8. alecgale (Posts: 55; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)

if the verizon SGS2 is the Celox than having lte might be the only thing that might make the iphone not look like complete trash

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:28 1

11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Damn it PA, I'm sick of all the iPhone 5 tease articles. Either post something that's more concrete or just not post it at all. Everyday, I see a new "hur hur iPhone 5 will be in production in September?" And then the Android fans get together and troll it because they're too ashamed to admit that Apple has Android's number.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:45 3

13. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

apple does have android's number.. its "1-800-kik-aple"

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 11:58 2

15. thing is (unregistered)

bro, you're the only one who's trolling. and you probably troll harder on android articles.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:33 2

17. readingthissh1t (Posts: 303; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)

you are a hair on steve jobs' nuts :P

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:07 1

16. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)

Lets see: the Iphone, which comes out every summer with a new version, did not come out with a new version this year, only the same old Iphone 4 on a different carrier. So ask yourself, why didnt the Iphone 5 come out summer 2011 as usual? Easy answer: more time for LTE so all versions coming out will have fast data. That way both Att and Verizon versions can both release at the same time with fast data. There is no reason for it NOT to have LTE. Am I the only one who finds this to be common sense?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:53 1

21. enemyisyou (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Jul 2009)

While I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment, history has often shown that common sense doesn't always win the day, especially in the tech world.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 12:53 1

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

What doesn't sound right to me is that the radios are for ATT frequencies. Why do an LTE phone for ATT when VZW's 4G network is already up and running now? Unless the VZW version was LTE the whole time and maybe the radios weren't ready for ATT at the time. Either way, it makes since that the next iPhone be LTE compatible since Android OEM's are leaning in that direction.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 20:37

38. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Theres stories that Apple stores are also getting VZW LTE radios installed.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 13:10

22. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)

hahaha thats funny

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 13:10 1

23. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

apple is a great computer just a horrible phone

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 14:11

25. andro (unregistered)

boring......this has been around for a while now in phones,apple of course changing everything again by using because unless they use it it doesn't matter.

Some Apple are rotten and have worms inside.......isheep will still eat them anyhow!

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 14:29 1

27. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

Will the isheep publicly admit that if the ip5 is not 4g it is outdated on release?

Will you really sign up for 2 years to a 3g phone in Oct 2011? Are you really that stupid?

It had better at least be dual core. Lol

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 17:20

30. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I signed up for a 3G phone this July...not because I wasn't aware of the benefits of 4G, but because I thought the benefits of the OS (WP7) outweighed the benefits of 4G, at least for my purposes. Obviously, it would be best to have everything you want in one device, but sometimes you are limited by the choices that are available and have to make the decision that works best for you. And I don't regret it at all. Although I do agree, if I were an Apple fan waiting for this phone to come out, I would be really really disappointed if it didn't offer LTE.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 18:41 1

33. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

No. If you "were an apple fan" you would be claiming the ip5 will be the zenith of cell phones. Sight unseen. Specs unknown.

Making an informed choice based on needs, preferences, design, specs, OS, and after evaulating the available handsets, is not something an isheep does.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 20:42 1

39. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

So let me get this straight. Penny got a windows phone despite it being 3G and that's an informed decision, but if someone gets a 3G iPhone that's being a sheep? Where's the logic?

Right now AT&T, T-Mobile and sprint don't have LTE coverage. Only VZW has LTE. There's a total of 3 4g phones on VZW with none getting great reviews.

Droid X 2 and droid 3 just launched and they're 3G. Are people getting those phones uneducated sheep?

What about people who prefer 3G blackberries? Are they idiots as well?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:26 3

42. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I have to disagree with you Potdragon. LTE is the future but there are still a lot of places that don't have LTE coverage yet and may not have if for some time. So no 4g on the ip5 would be disappointing but not a deal breaker for most. And doesn't make them all sheep, but there are quite a few.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 15:53

28. Jerch (Posts: 5; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

Hmm, these LTE rumors just don't sit well with me. Could it be possible that Apple will simply be selling third-party LTE modems and/or hotposts inside its stores?

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 16:13

29. Derrell (unregistered)

Android OS and Apple OS are both great OS and have paved the way for smartphone technology in the future, but Android OS already has devices running LTE/4G; while Apple has 0, so in that aspect it seems as though Apple might be releasing a LTE/4G capable Iphone 5 to better compete with Android.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 17:34

31. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I actually don't think the iPhone 5 is going to have LTE. My guess is that, because Apple has historically only released a single model, they will make one that is best compatible for all carriers in the U.S. Since Verizon is the only major carrier that is ahead of the game with LTE, I would bet that Apple would rather wait for the other major carriers to roll out their LTE networks as well. The reason they might do this? They might think that one carrier isn't worth the additional problems potentially associated with it: cost, heat, the space it takes up in the phone, possible effect on battery life, etc.. Just thinking out loud here, not claiming that any of my reasoning is fact...

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 18:13

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 21186; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Boy u guys kill me arguing about android vs apple. Everyone knows it's no argument. Apple rules break down the sales of any one android device compared to the iPhone,and it's gets blown out by iPhone. The bottom line is sales vs returns apple wins. I love em both,and will have the iPhone 5,and gs2. Android is more customizable,apple is more polished,and stable. It's like choosing between beyonce,and Jennifer Lopez. Why even choose,have em both ;)

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 19:09

34. IEatApples (Posts: 66; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

iphone 5 wont have lte for the sheer fact of size. Lte phones need a thick frame, look at all the lte phones out. I don't think apple would go from a 9.4mm thickness to 12 or 13 for an lte radio. lte phones will get smaller and thinner as the technology evolves and the radios can be built right into the processor chip. sadly enough your new iphone 5 will most certainly be stuck on old 3g.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 19:13

35. Kriminal (unregistered)

Android = Battlefield
iPhone = Call of Duty

Whether Battlefield may be a better, more realistic game. It'll never sell as much as much as Call of Duty.

According to the latest daily statement from the U.S. Treasury, the government had an operating cash balance of $73.8 billion at the end of the day yesterday.

Apple's last earnings report showed that the company had $76.2 billion in cash and marketable securities at the end of June.

I personally like apple better than android. iPhones and Androids basically do the same tasks. It's a very small margin of things that Andriod can do that the iPhone can't. While Androids may provide a bit more stuff, some of it is not needed. 3D is a luxury, not a necessity.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 20:44 1

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Good post.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 22:38 1

43. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I really am NOT trying to be a smartass when I ask you this, but I have to ask...what's your point?

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 01:11

45. Kriminal (unregistered)

Basically Apple dominates Android. No matter how good the next Android phone will be, the iPhone will ALWAYS outsell it. That whole thing I said about the government and what not was irrelevant to my argument, but I think that it's crazy how Apple has more money than the U.S Government.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 08:53

47. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

True, Apple having more money than the US government is mind boggling. But gotta disagree on the part about Apple dominating Android. Apple's iPhone does dominate as far as having the single best selling phone currently. But they are still second in total sales to Nokia, and as far as platforms go, they still trail Android in market share.

With Nokia looking so weak right now, Apple is positioned to be the biggest player in the game. But they still have Android and Samsung to contend with and neither will be easy to topple.

posted on 18 Aug 2011, 12:46

49. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I ususally dont get invloved in a 2 man conversation , but who are we kidding right... of course android has more market share , they have high enbd devices, low end devices, but if we only count high end devices to the one iphone we are pretty much even, but is unbelievable how apple with one phone once a year ( not this year) can have the phone industry in the palm of his hands, as the the Google truck is getting ready to deliver ICS just to compete with the iphone, Samsung even got a slimmier ( to some may resemble the ipad2) to compete with the iphone...wow, but I like Android innovation, some are sloppy but cant blame them for trying... and as far as the iphone with LTE, lets hope not, I want LTE stable and perfercted before Apple can putting in their iphones

posted on 21 Aug 2011, 17:42

51. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I cant see it having LTE. Unless Apple found a way to have better battery life using it now. Maybe the next iPhone will have a massive battery to counter that tho.

What is the size of the battery in the iPhone 4?

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