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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: 680; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Yawn.

posted on 17 Aug 2011, 10:06

2. Moo (unregistered)


Zzzzz

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: 1237; 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, 11:47 2

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; 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, 12:39 3

18. bucky (Posts: 3033; 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 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 21 Aug 2011, 01:36

50. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; 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, 10:26 6

5. WirelessCon (Posts: 311; 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: 3284; 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, 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, 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: 3284; 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: 3284; 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, 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: 14597; 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: 3284; 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

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