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iPhone and iPad may finally get LTE thanks to Qualcomm

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iPhone and iPad may finally get LTE thanks to Qualcomm
In the unbiased spaces of the tech world, the thinking is not that Apple has been holding back LTE from you because it hates you. Rather, Apple has been waiting for the hardware to catch up. Tim Cook even said that "LTE would force design compromises we're not willing to make." And, that likely means compromises in power efficiency.

You see, with every bump in mobile data technology, there is always a lag between the introduction of the faster speeds and when the baseband chips are able to efficiently process the new speeds and not kill your battery. The same thing happened when 3G first started rolling out, and now it's happening with LTE. Ask many LTE Android users and the overall story will be that LTE drains batteries very quickly (and before you comment, we understand that this isn't the case for everyone, so if your comment is going to start "But MY phone has battery for DAYS..." just keep moving.)

That's the accepted theory as to why Apple has held off on LTE, because the power efficiency just hasn't been up to par. However, that may be about to change with new Qualcomm baseband chips that could be the LTE solution in the next generation iPhone and iPad. Apple has already been using Qualcomm baseband chips in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2, so it seems likely that will continue, especially given these new chips.

Just yesterday, Qualcomm announced the new Gobi 4000 platform which is compatible with EV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, and dual-carrier HSPA+. This means it could be the worldwide all-in-one solution that Apple always prefers to having separate variants for different regions. Qualcomm also unveiled its second generation MDM 9x00 baseband chips, which use a 28nm process, and that should lead to far better power efficiency. The MDM 9615 is due out in Q1 of 2012, so right now this seems like the best option for Apple to finally bring LTE to iOS devices.

source: Ars Technica

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posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:31 11

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is the only thing keeping them from perfection... 4" screen and LTE and is game over...

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:36 11

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, 4" screens, the A6 & LTE will set Apple in the hardware and specs department and if they make some drastic changes with iOS6 then they'll be cookin' with grease!

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:03 2

4. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


lmao.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:08 7

6. Carlitos (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, but the thing is even if they do get,the new screen and LTE, they will still be behind unless they implement a quad core on the next iphone, which i doubt. By the time the next iphone comes out early next year, android is already well underway for quad cores.

But then again, IOS, is a smooth, UI, so it most likely wont need a quad core. I like Iphones, but after i used an adroid phone i feel restricted when i use an iphone. (Customization)

posted on 18 Nov 2011, 01:18

33. thebikerboi2 (Posts: 144; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


the apple A6 is quad core and already in production by two manufacturers, samsung and TSMC.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:03 6

5. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


If they had free turn by turn navigation and the ability to customize a little more I would agree with you.

I would say LTE/larger screen is bringing them closer to "perfection".

I was once asked to define "excellence" and my response was "excellence is not something that can be achieved, but something to constantly strive for" and I think that applies very well to technology.

Regardless, LTE and a 4" screen would knock two things off my list of reasons for not owning an iPhone anymore.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:18 3

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


@iamcc.. I must say i am impress with your comment.. I dont usuallly thumbs up or down people.. but i gave you thumbs up....

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:55

28. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Thanks gallito :-)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:44 2

11. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


agree completely. in order to achieve perfection, that means that there can never be anything that can be better.. thats impossible in the tech world. But we all like a nice bump n specs and abilities dont we? lol :)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:19 5

10. leftheodo (Posts: 67; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Game is already over for Apple!

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 20:48

34. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


As much money as Apple is making from iPhone's right now....I think they already feel its game over.

And I thought the iPhone was already perfection? According to some ppl...

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 15:31 4

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


lololol! you heard the man battery wizards! sit down and stfu! xD
i'll be glad when the technology surrounding the use of LTE gets smoothed out.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:44 2

12. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


meow.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:56

29. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


You made me laugh out loud for some reason remix.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 16:29 6

8. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


i have to admit i do like the way phonearena has used the word 'finally' in this heading ;)

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 17:00 2

9. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I do like this but I won't be jumping ship for am iPhone unless they open it up a bit.. Custom ringtones. And just customization in general lol. Big hands.. I need a huge screen.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 18:57 2

13. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Hey, you.... uninformed person... iOS has custom ringtones.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:48 2

14. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


So custom from your phone? Or custom you have to chop from your computer and upload? Or use a site lol I'm talking from your playlist on your phone that you chopped up using your phone and set as a ringtone.. Lol. I'm far from uninformed my friend I have an iPhone 4 sitting in my drawer that I used for 4 months or so. iOS has roundabout ways of getting custom ringtones.. Not custom ringtones natively.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 20:53

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


how do you GET ringtones natively? i don't think even Android does that. xD

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 22:51 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


on android you just go to the song, long press.. select "use as ringtone".
if you want you can get ringdroid from the market and that will slice n dice any song u want for a custom piece of it.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:39 2

18. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Gracias Remix lol. @King my context of natively was more angled at its a song already on your phone.. Not a downloaded computer edited song nor ringtone created using a website but a song edited by you on your phone.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:45 1

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


okay, thanks for clearing that up but forgive me if i find it hard to believe that you can't set a custom ringtone by dragging and dropping or whatever.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:43 1

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i do that myself. i'm rocking Space Party Anthem as my ringtone. you can't do that on the iPhone? that's pretty lame especially being that it's part iPod. well ringdroid isn't what i would call a native source. the only ringtones you can GET natively are the ones that are pre-loaded everything else either comes from your own library or a third party source. i'm sure there's some way to SET a custom ringtone on an iPhone.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 01:22 1

24. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Agreed.. Perhaps just a poor word to use lol my bad. But point being you can make any ringtone you wish on an Android while on the fly rather than being at a computer. But outside using a computer for a custom iPhone ringtone there is no real way to do it. Pretty lame huh lol.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 01:59 1

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, old Steve really wasn't a fan of personalization was he?

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 11:57

32. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Ha, your funny. I liked your joke :) My friend\'s feature phone has \"custom ringtones.\"

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 21:51 1

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


People and their silly LTE hunger. I blame carrier marketing.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 23:41 2

19. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Miz.. Once you get 30+ mbps you will understand.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 10:39

31. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you must not live in the United states

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 07:59 1

30. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Dude my cable internet was down for five days after a storm and I used my thunderbolt as a mobile hotspot with steady speeds of 15-25mbps. Considering I have a basic internet connection package the LTE was actually faster than my land line connection.


Marketing you say?

Plus, there's just something schmexy about apps downloading instantly.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 00:37 1

22. saiki4116 (Posts: 358; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


the strategy is to wait for the LTE chips to be cheap(when it becomes a norm like 3g),so which wouldn't decrease their profit margin...companies like apple wont move technology forward..SAMSUNG is investing so much in R&D of AMOLED,if it weren't for samsung,we might not have seen this much development in mobile screen technology.If all companies are like apple,technology wont move forward..

APPLE==GREEDY CORPORATE

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 01:06 1

23. JohnDough (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I\'m glad they could join us. (android)

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 01:33

25. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You might say the lack of technology is holding Apple back. Remember, the prototypes have already been built and it's just waiting for new technology to fit into Apple's plans. The quad core A6 chip is coming next year, followed by the A7 chip, etc. Then there's the battery technology, etc. Btw, Did hear about the iPhone prototype a few years, the one using fuel cells -- that was an amazing idea. Apple has amazing ideas on their drawing board, to mock ups, to prototypes, etc.

All Apple is trying to do is to make the consumers happy.

posted on 17 Nov 2011, 02:00 1

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


the Transformer Prime has a Quad-Core Tegra III and it's coming to market in a matter of days. xD

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