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


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47 Comments

1. merkeke

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 03, 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?"

6. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

18. JVII

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

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

19. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

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.

28. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

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

31. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

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.

2. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Awesomeeeee. I want an LTE iPhone.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

7. bbatts22

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

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

11. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

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

20. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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!

30. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

36. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

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

13. zr1vette

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

32. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

8. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 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

10. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

but hjow many people would use it? not many

14. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

22. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

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

41. Trobes05

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

12. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

15. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

17. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 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.

43. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

44. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

typo: doesn't*

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