Is Apple planning an LTE iPhone?

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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