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Is Apple planning an LTE iPhone?

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Is Apple planning an LTE iPhone?
An iPhone ready to navigate the 4G pipelines of LTE might be in the works. A Help Wanted ad posted by Apple seeks a Cellular Technology Software Manager. The ad says, "The Cellular Technology Manager will manage the cellular protocol software team, responsible for the design, implementation and integration of layer 1-3 protocols for iPhone. The position will be responsible for ensuring appropriate cellular technology development and execution, KPI performances and interoperability of cellular technology on various platforms, R&D of new protocol and standards, as well as working with cross-functional teams to deliver the best customer experience on Cellular." Now here is where it gets interesting. The ad asks for someone who has, "Expert knowledge of one or multiple cellular technologies: WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE etc." The complete posting, found on Apple's web site, can be read by clicking on the source link.

While we might see an Apple iPhone 4G this year, the "4G" will be referring to what generation iPhone is in your hand. An iPhone LTE would probably not see the light of day until mid-2011 at the earliest. By then, carriers like Verizon and AT&T should have a sufficient amount of the country covered in LTE not to mention the overseas carriers who will be getting ready for 4G service. This really should not be shocking news because after all, there was never a doubt that Apple would be bringing the iPhone up-to-date to work on the speedy 4G networks. and AT&T will be using LTE technology for its 4G service Yes, Apple was late to the 3G party, but that is a mistake that probably will not happen again.

source: Apple via TFTS

Is Apple planning an LTE iPhone?

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. merkeke (Posts: 62; Member since: 03 Jan 2009)

here we go again. the 30th post about a different iphone from phone arena... tomorrow we will see... "is apple planning a wimax iphone?"

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 09:45

6. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Than just go to a different site if you're gonna complain about it, that's all you do, nag nag nag, get a life.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:14

9. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

phone arena needs to change it name to crappy news and iphone garbage "website thats all thats been on here lately.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:39

18. JVII (Posts: 17; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)

It's not just here, every phone site is like that, really.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:50

19. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

ii agree with u with its always about the iphone in phonearena its getting kinda boring its like they praise the iphone

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 14:59

25. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Listen, if you want a site that posts only the official word on companies, go to Phone Scope. One of the coolest things about Phone Arena is that they post on speculation and rumor. Some are true, some are not. PA never posts on unsubstantiated claims and usually have some kind of source. I come here for rumors and official word. Thing is, I know folks are tired of the iPhone and I am too. Everyone was convinced the iPhone was going to Verizon this year and it didn't. So I've blocked out Apple rumors until Steve Jobs says something. But other than that, I like rumor and speculation on other subjects.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 17:17

28. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)

Exactly JeffdaBeat, these other idiots don't seem to be taking it that way.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 20:41

31. VZWtrainer (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)

Some people just get tired of hearing about the iPhone all the time. Personally, I don't mind with news like this, but the weeks leading up to the iPad announcement were littered with BS articles every few hours, so I can understand how some people would be tired of hearing all Apple news. It sometimes seems like these sites promote apple with all their constant articles.

posted on 28 Mar 2011, 09:59

47. Dylon (unregistered)

You obviously are on the wrong site. I personally come to Phone Arena for all phone advice and spec reviews. Especially the iPhone as a personally favorite. Instead of complaining and crying, why don't you shove it and go somewhere else? Nobody really cares on your negative opinion on the site.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 07:15

2. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)

Awesomeeeee. I want an LTE iPhone.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 07:46

3. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1131; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

With EVO and win 7 phones coming to you very soon why?

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 08:43

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

because its an iphone! it parts the red seas and floats on water!!!! because liberals love to say freedom while closing and controlling systems to control other liberals. Thats why liberals love Steve Jobs. He controls them!

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 10:19

7. bbatts22 (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

YES!. a 4g iphone! Then I can accomplish only one task at a time, at lighting speeds! wtf

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:37

11. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)

you honestly dont believe they wont change that do you? are you really that dumb?

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 13:11

20. mattkl (Posts: 212; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)

They probably will at some point but look at their track record. 3 generations of phones and they fail to include basic features:background pictures,using songs for ringtones that you already bought from iTunes that you have to buy again to use as a ringtone?? Nowadays the iPhone is at the bottom of the competition if you ask me. Waiting for my HD2 to get here!

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 20:37

30. cuddybonz (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)

As a mattre of fact right now. there is no 4G iPhone to speak of. Will it multi task? I hope so they'll have at least 2 years to work on that. In the meantime I have personally seen the EVO in action and it is without a doubt the new standard of smart phones in this country.

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 08:35

36. bucky (Posts: 2579; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

iphone does well cause it does certain things perfectly not everything half ass.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 08:59

5. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)

I'm glad to see that the iPhone is advancing their technology, because this will raise the bar for all other manufacturers.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:14

13. zr1vette (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Aug 2009)

how will it raise the bar for other manufacturers? apple is far from the first company to be working on a 4g device at the moment.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 20:43

32. VZWtrainer (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)

Yes zr1vette. The first generation iPhone did reaise the bar for multimedia-type smartphones. The two generations after that, not so much. In fact, the only groundbreaking feature after the first generation iPhone was the video-editing that is now available. Nothing else about the iPhone 3Gs is revolutionary at all. Take last years model, add 1 or two things that should have already been in last years model, and you have this years model.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:13

8. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)

who cares! 4G and 3G in the US is nothing more than pushing more data..as apposed to asia/europe where features and services like live 2 way vid. conferencing is a standard option for the high tech phones there

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:16

10. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

but hjow many people would use it? not many

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:22

14. rwolf1984 (Posts: 530; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)

Video is coming...have you not seen the EVO? Plus all the rumors about front facing cameras and iChat on the next iPhone. Yes, we are behind Europe and Asia...but the gap is closing. Blame the FCC and govt regulation and mismanagement of the spectrum...also Europe and Asia are more concentrated which make is easier to build out. USA is so spread out it is more expensive.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 13:43

22. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)

Asia is less spread than the USA?? When was the last time you looked at a map?

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 02:34

41. Trobes05 (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)

Look at a population map instead of geographical. Most people in China live in a small area of the country. Most of the country's land is not populated.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 11:55

12. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

itd be a good thing for the i-phone since its had problems with AT&T coverage.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:25

15. rwolf1984 (Posts: 530; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)

For the longest time I've strongly considered getting an iPhone...with the Nexus One and more Android phones coming to AT&T along with WM 7...IDK...I wanna see a lot more in LTE in a phone...Apps are nice, but I wanna phone that can out of the box that can surf the web like a PC...IDK...I want an open phone. I want a locked up phone where I have to rely on Apple for content. I don't wanna blow dough on songs, videos and apps...Thats why apple doesnt add flash, they want u to rely on them.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:33

17. zerglisk (Posts: 544; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

There is a claim that bad reception in AT&T with iPhone is actually caused by iPhone's very own internal antenna. I forgot where is the source of this but you can google it quickly. It looks like the signal issue is being kicked around, lol.

posted on 01 Apr 2010, 12:28

43. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

its actually both. the internal issue with the antenna was with the original 2g iphone. but that does mean att's network doesnt suck at the same time.

posted on 01 Apr 2010, 12:34

44. zuno gyakusatsu (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Mar 2010)

typo: doesn't*

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 12:31

16. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

I haven't been to this site for how long and there's still a bunch of iPhone hater FAGS. Get a life you fuckin losers!!!!!!!!!!! How come I don't hear everyone bitching how the new HTC EVO looks just like the HD2??? You're quick to jump how the iPhone hasn't changed yet are getting wet in the pants over a phone that's a redo of the HD2.... LOSERS FOR LIFE. God I love this site.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 13:22

21. mattkl (Posts: 212; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)

HAHA what are you talking about? Frist off I have a certain amount of respect for all technology, iPhone included (I still don't prefer it). But why are you complaining cause nobody is complaining about the looks of the EVO, and say everyone is talking about how the iPhone looks the same? I read over these posts a few times and didn't see one post about anyone complaining how the iPhone looks. I don't personally think the iPhone looks bad at all, but it's not for me. It's a phone that does what it does and nothing more. Android and wm phones do what they do and you can easily do much more without worrying if Google or Microsoft will come after you.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 13:45

23. rjt185 (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)

Speaking of getting a life, how about you go do that as well, you biggoted idiot.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 14:49

24. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

mattkl you are a rare breed my friend, especially on this site. rjt185 thanks pal, I always enjoy encouragement to keep going lil fella.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 16:05

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

the iphone hasnt changed in 3 itterations other than upping the camera by a whole megapixel!! At least the front facing buttons changed on the HD2 to the Evo.. as well as adding a front facing camera for vid calling and a bigger camera at that. Oh yea, then theres the whole windows 6.5 to android conversion.. and adding an HDMI port to the EVO.. im sure theres some other hardware specs im missing as well.. Yep, i guess because they are both 4.3 in rectangles they are exactly the same!!!! LOL u sure do like to trash people alot, but you have so little of substinance to say.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 19:45

29. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)

Nobody truly hates the iPhone here hova they just hate you because your the posterboy for iPhone fanboy faggots.nobody gives a rats ass about your opinions either. you see android as threat its gaining on iPhone the Droid put a dent in iPhone sails believe that there the evo will too face it android is more advanced its future and your mad because iphone is not the first to lte.but let me tell you what is first your the first man to become a woman on this website because of all the bitching you do.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 21:02

33. VZWtrainer (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)

@ HOVA: Here are some things the EVO has that the HD2 does not: 4G coverage!!! (need I say more?), The EVO is for Sprint and the HD2 is for TMobile and Sprint has a much larger 3G footprint, The HD2 is running Windows Mobile 6.5 :-( while the EVO runs Android 2.1 :-), the EVO has an HDMI output, 8MP camera vs 5MP, has a kickstand for watching movies/videos, a more powerful battery, and I'm sure there and many other differences that I have not listed here. These are just the things that we know of so far. So what are the differences between the iPhone and iPhone 3G, or how about 3G vs 3Gs? Definitely not this dramatic.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 15:13

26. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)

A bunch of kids complaining about the stupidest things for the stupidest reasons. I really think most of you complain about iPhone articles because you just straight out hate the iPhone. I've noticed that when it comes to articles on the device, there isn't that much more than there are for other devices, so what are you guys complaining about? You have to also take into account that some of these articles are for iPhone add-ons and apps. I wonder if we would see so many complaints if all you saw were EVO and Android articles. Let's face it, even though the iPhone is waaaaaaaaay behind the curve, it's still the top selling handset world wide, so either get used to it or ignore it. Plus, the website is called Phonearena, not Geekarena, it isn't just about straight tech/hardcore power/ all that stuff us nerds love, it's about what's relevant in the wireless industry and tech, and sry to say, the iPhone is still alive a kicking. At the end of the day, you have a choice, if you don't like what you're seeing, head to Engadget, where you'll see the same amount of iPhone news , or BoyGeniusReport..yeah they hardly talk about the iPhone there, how about Gizmodo, they practically shun the iPhone over at that site...smh

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 21:38

34. VZWtrainer (Posts: 50; Member since: 24 Jul 2008)

So you appear to say that the reporting for the iPhone is not biased. I did a search of this site and here are my results: iPhone - 733 articles Curve (on more carriers, out for longer time, #1 selling smartphone of all time) - 113 articles Blackberry (many phones on many carriers since iPhone launched) - 731 articles Now DROID does come up with a lot, but that's because the word DROID is included in the word Android, so that search will result in the results from many phones and the OS in general. I agree with you artz that the other sites are biased as well. It just seems as if the sites are endorsing this phone over others. It's like when you watch ABC and every commercial break they tell you about the upcoming ABC episode that will be "the most awesome episode ever" for ABC Show x on ABC! There constantly throwing it at you. And you may watch the show, whether its good or not, just because of the constant recommendations and endorsements. Some of us that prefer other phones would just like to see more balanced reporting.

posted on 26 Mar 2010, 23:07

35. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)

Iphone haters will always find something to hate the iphone for.. Now it seems people hate the iphone because its "dated" and isnt up to par with phones like the 4g evo and other upcoming phones. This iphone hating will never stop from verizon fanboys until its on their flawless and precious network that has no problems (thats sarcasm). I really really hope Apple brings us a new iphone that will smoke the competition in hardware specs so fanboys will shut the hell up. Oh and i could care less about the overrated Android OS as the apps for it suck compared to the iphones and are filled with spam and sexual content.

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 14:35

38. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

I'll always hate the iPhone just because it's made by crApple... And I dont give a fuck what anyone thinks...thats the way it is Now vote me down fanbois! Android FTW!

posted on 29 Mar 2010, 02:49

42. Trobes05 (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)

Man, you talk about verizon fanboys and yet you yourself are a fanboy of iPhones. People do not like the iPhone because it has literally not changed since it came out besides a few minor details. I hope iPhone comes out with a phone that will make a new benchmark in phones but Apple knows all they have to do is put something in a box with an apple on it and people will buy it no matter what is in it. Also, by stating Android is an overrated OS makes me realize that you do not know anything about phones. It is a very good OS and is seen by the amount of android phones selling. Also, the android actually has better apps because it is a free market. Sure that means there will be more useless apps but the iPhone has just as many. I am guessing you have never owned an Android phone so you have no experience to talk anyway. I on the other hand had an iPod Touch before I had my smartphone and the Touch is the exact same thing as iPhone without the phone part. It was a good device but I see nothing in it that my Droid doesn't have. I ended up selling it to a friend because there was no need for it. If Apple steps up to the plate with a new phone instead of just the same phone with a few new features I may find myself getting one and it would also have to come to Verizon. I would not be surprised to see them do this because Android is gaining ground way to fast now for Apple's liking. However, if the phone stays on ATT's network there is no way I would get it. They barely have any 3G and now they want to put up 4G. Pretty soon Verizon will have more 4G in the nation than ATT has 3G.

posted on 22 Apr 2010, 16:41

45. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

+1 :)

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 10:45

37. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Whoa...a lot of hostility between all you virgins on this site. Man they are just cell phones. Relax. Why is it a battle between which phone has the best specs. Lately every carrier has been picking up some nice devices...so why not just sit back and enjoy the benefits of the wireless industry competition. Android, iPhone OS, WM7 (when that gets here in 2021)...all seems to be good options. Gotta give it to Sprint...the EVO is bringin some heat. iPhone has always been nice (even with the lack of all the features...i guess)...i personally carry a DROID which is on point. HD2...nice phone, but man...WM 6.5 is a lil um...eh i dunno about WM 6.5..still laggish. Its just a phone tho...man, chill out.

posted on 27 Mar 2010, 14:37

39. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Just because you get busy with your left hand doesnt mean youve lost your virginity either tough guy, nice try though! -1 for you!

posted on 28 Mar 2010, 12:52

40. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

Notice that you were the only one who got offended...and why are you worried about what another man does with his hands? Way to tell on yourself...twinkle-toes. It was a joke...dont be so sensitive. Psssh...this guy.

posted on 06 Aug 2010, 07:17

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