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LTE is coming to the iPhone, report claims

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LTE is coming to the iPhone, report claims
There are more than a few reasons to believe that the 6th generation iPhone will offer LTE connectivity. In case you need another one, however, then here is a report coming straight from the Korea Times stating that Apple and local carriers SK Telecom and KT have matters to discuss. The parties are in talks about offering 4G LTE service on the next iPhone iteration.

More specifically, SK Telecom and KT want to be sure that the smartphone is compatible with their 4G networks. That is necessary because LTE in South Korea operates at frequencies different from those used in the U.S. As a matter of fact, that is why the new iPad cannot connect to LTE networks within the country, although a model with cellular connectivity is indeed being sold.

Other clues leading us to assume that the iPhone 5 (or The New iPhone, if you will) might finally get LTE connectivity include the photos of the device's motherboard, which were leaked yesterday. Close examination of the component revealed that new connectors have been fitted, supposedly for a dedicated LTE antenna. Besides, the rumor mill has been throwing speculations of LTE connectivity in the next iPhone since last year, in addition to clues about other hardware upgrades. But most importantly, the new iPad supports LTE already, meaning that Apple is now open to using 4G connectivity with its mobile devices. If the next iPhone does not have LTE, however, many Apple fans will be very upset.

The exact specifications of the next iPhone will likely become known next month. It is believed that the smartphone will be announced on September 12 and will hit the shelves not long after that.

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posted on 16 Aug 2012, 03:31 8

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 734; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Plus Verizon said they will not sell anymore 3G smartphones.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 04:18 9

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Duh. Why is this news? It would be a major surprise if the new iPhone didn't come with LTE. Let's just hope that it's compatible with the rest of the world not like the new iPad. :-/

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 09:57

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1926; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


They said that last year for 2012, but since then, they've realeased the Blackberry Curve 9310 which is only 3G. Maybe, they meant only real smartphones? Haha.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 15:48

13. Captain_Doug (Posts: 734; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Verizon doesn't really consider it a smartphone. That's why BlackBerrys have different data plans.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 03:32 7

2. Lift_Off (Posts: 150; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


There better damn be LTE. or I will flip a table on someone.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 04:53 5

4. JC557 (Posts: 699; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I just hope Apple has a plan to give it reasonable battery life if those reports of the battery barely growing are true.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 07:53 7

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 932; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


i dont know why this is news. we all know that the iPhone 5 has to have LTE to remain competitive

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 08:26 6

7. -box- (Posts: 3564; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Unless apple releases a larger-screen 2012 model and waits until the 2013 model for LTE... it is apple after all!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 08:20 8

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They need to stop reposting articles like this. WE ALL know it's going to have LTE but with a weak battery life. this is NOT NEWS

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 10:04

9. paulyyd (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


right..? cause you know for a fact that the battery life is going to be weak. We got a man on the inside! inspector gadget80 you're my hero broski!


Lol fanboy

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:19

10. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Wasn't there a leak about the battery size being in the 1500mAh range? If that turns out to be true, then yes, it will have weak battery life. Guess we'll see.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:29

11. dcgore (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Now...this changes everything...

It should because it's a new chip and stuff so yeah it should...

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 18:25 1

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


Not one iPhone user will admit they are looking forward to 4g; to do so would be to admit that the current iPhone is slow.

Last year we were subjected to posts excusing the lack of 4G on the iphone4s by saying that apple wanted better battery life in place before incorporating 4G. Wonder what the excuse will be this year?

Why not stop claiming specs until you at least know the name of the phone. Doubtful it is even called an iphone5. Do not presume to know it will be LTE before you know the name of the handset. Really believe apple is releasing a CDMA LTE & a GSM 4G? Really? Good luck with that.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 21:27

14. RealRapRaw (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


"Really believe apple is releasing a CDMA LTE & a GSM 4G? Really? Good luck with that"

There's a chip for that.http://www.qualcomm.com/chipsets/gobi

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