LTE enabled Apple iPhone coming in 2012?

LTE enabled Apple iPhone coming in 2012?
There were many people who were disappointed when Apple introduced and then launched the Apple iPhone 4S. While Apple did improve the camera, add Siri and plug a dual-core processor in the phone, many were hoping that the handset would come with connectivity to LTE. As it stands now, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that to fit the bigger battery needed for LTE and the bigger radio required, Apple would have had to completely re-design the phone which was not the intention with the recently launched Apple iPhone 4S. Besides the poor battery life seen with LTE enabled phones, there were some other issues that Cook had. "The first generation of LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises with the handset, and some of those we are just not willing to make," said the executive.

However, in 2012 Apple is expected to re-design its big money maker and add a larger display. While working on the new design of the phone, Apple might as well clear out the room necessary to make it LTE enabled. While HTC, Samsung, Motorola and LG offer LTE phones, Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson are planning on their own high-speeds models for 2012 and so the competition gets tougher. Sources for DigiTimes say that an LTE flavored Apple iPhone will be coming to the market in 2012.

Only 35 LTE networks are up and running globally at the moment and that number should triple before the end of next year. By 2015, 290 million people will be covered by an LTE pipeline and sales of LTE enabled smartphones are expected to reach 154 million. Recently, AT&T started turning the power on its LTE network which is well behind Verizon's offering. Big Red had a huge head start for LTE service in the U.S.and both the number one and number two Stateside carrier will be joined by number three, Sprint. The latter, which just started offering the Apple iPhone this year, is planning on building out its own LTE pipeline and plans on offering 15 LTE enabled smartphones next year.

The new Apple iPhone 4S on AT&T is HSDPA compatible with theoretical download speeds of 14.4Mbps on the carrier's GSM network. This has allowed AT&T to advertise that the phone offers 4G like speeds although those speeds are not possible using the iPhone 4S on CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint.

source: DigiTimes

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52 Comments

47. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I am actually using a 2009 droid as my primary phone at the moment (I'm addicted to open garden, Open Garden + Unlimited data is a lethal combination) and I've played with a Bionic, and they are L I G H T Y E A R S apart, the Bionic is an epic beast, my droid, as much as I love it, can barely handle playing last.fm in the background as I surf with Dolphin. I should also mention that I have a 4th gen 64gb Itouch and about 200+ apple apps. I have an upgrade, but am on the fence between the 4s and the Droid RAZR

13. chuckyoo

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

and let the suspence begin.............tick....tock.......

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Same time we will be seeing LTE on Windows Phone I guess.

3. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I'll be perusing these "rumors," but the main thing I want to know is when this iPhone 5/6/2.0 will release. AT&T First-adopter iPhone 4 owners will be up for upgrade in Feb 2012. I'll be ready May 2012. Will I wait til June for an announcement? Probably. Will I wait for September 2012? Not likely. ICS may be too enticing at that time.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

good question. i guess we will find out this in june if they are sticking to the new christmas schedule as their yearly cycle or if they go back to their june release cycle.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Who knows, maybe Android will force Apple's hand by next spring. I think they'll need to do something about the huge installed base on IP4 owners on AT&T. A June/July release shouldn't be ruled out, 4S be damned.

15. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

theres no rush. to get the maximum profit out of what (little) they did for the 4s, they will wait until sept/oct '12. the longer they wait, the more they profit. they might lose a customer or two, but that is not what apple cares about. its so funny to watch all the absolute hate boil in some fandroids when all apple does is laugh all the way to the bank. they dont care about you and if you like their product or not. call it evil and get butt hurt if you want. its just good business.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and who exactly are you pointing all this vitriol at??

17. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

fandroids. i thought i made that clear.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh, i thought maybe you had some in particular in mind as there doesnt seem to be a whole lot of "absolute hate" boiling on this particular thread.. lol.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well, other than your posts, that is. :)

36. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

there really wasnt when i posted, but its rolled in since then. its so strange that you guys feel so compelled to post so frequently about a device you dont like. it literally offers nothing to anyone.

53. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so.. you were posting about vitrol.. and giving vitrol.. but you admit that were wasnt any when you posted.. so basically you were baiting people into an arguement. uh huh.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I wouldn't be so sure. It was easy for Apple to keep scooping up current and future iPhone owners in '09, '10 and even this year. The public didn't really know anything else. I knew Verizon customers who referred to the Droid Eris as the "Verizon iPhone". iPhone was synonymous with touchscreen smartphones in general. I think the public is getting better educated now. Android has grown to be something more than second choice, and it has clear advantages now, the biggest of which for me are 4G and variety of sizes. If Apple doesn't shift with the market, by next summer iPhone will mean dated design and lack of 4G.

37. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

dont you see that you (and your fandroid counterparts) are convinced of this, but a ton of consumers are not? if it was so clear that 4G and size options were so important then why would they be selling so many iphones?

38. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The iPhone sells because it's the iPhone. And as I've said many times, for people who just want a simple smartphone with little maintenance, it's a great choice. People don't buy it *because* its overall design hasn't changed in years, they buy it *despite* it having the same design. And I've heard from a few people who went into Verizon stores wanting the iPhone and coming out with an Android instead. People who bother to compare find something to like in the variety of Android phones. I think a lot of people still aren't bothering to compare because they think they want an iPhone. That's a testament to Apple's marketing, customer relations and staying power. But you're only looking at today's market. LTE is still deploying, so it's not as big a factor as it will be in early to mid 2012. When there's 4G nearly everywhere and Apple is still sitting on the sidelines, people will notice.

40. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

so, everyone that bothers to compare and/or knows anything about technology picks android over iphone? stop being dense. there aren't millions upon millions that walk blindly past a dozen android options and pick up an iphone.

44. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

How did you get "everyone" from my argument? I said "a few people"... half of those I sampled who wanted an iPhone bought an iPhone, and the rest bought a Droid X, an Xperia Play, or something else that offered either size, form or function the iPhone didn't. I'm just pointing out that Android has affected the iPhone buyer base more than you give it credit for.

48. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

you also said 'a lot of people'. and if your aim wasnt to describe the greater smart phone buying consumer base, then why even bring it up? android has obviously affected the market. they will continue to grow, but iphone's share wont decrease as quickly as you guys think. you put all of your focus on specs additional features. what iOS and the iphone offer is a simple, reliable, stable user experience. THAT is very, very valuable to many people. it is also where android is trying to catch up. They are doing a good job, but not there yet.

49. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I was extrapolating the few buyers I've personally known to the greater buyer base. The fact that people still line up, still buy every new iPhone (practically) sight unseen, indicates to me that the cult of iPhone is still strong in spite of the alternatives. I agree that the iPhone still offers the simplest user experience. I think in some ways ICS will change the equation, but it'll be several more months before ICS is available on enough handsets to affect the market. I expect word of mouth and good press for ICS to finally push Android past its "focus on specs"/geek stigma into the mainstream first choice.

50. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

good post rol. you are infinitely more reasonable than some of your fandroid friends. im really excited for ICS. i thought webOS was the best mobile OS we had ever seen. it just didnt get the consumer or dev support it needed to succeed. i love what ICS has borrowed from webOS. I just pray to all things holy it will also bring that stability and unification as well.

54. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

initial sales are mostly to apple to apple upgraders. if it holds its own over the course of the year, then you will be right. of course only time will tell.

55. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

plenty of apple upgraders coming due over the year as well. and upgraders on apple's new carriers. it should be interesting. there are great android devices coming out, but none that are the absolute across the board spec giant that some thought the galaxy nexus would be. if they could get top specs in every catagory into one device, i think they'd sell a ton of them

2. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Really, this is not news. News would be if Apple announced the iPhone 5 will NOT have LTE and that it would have to wait until 2013.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I think the 2 biggest expectations for the i5 at this point are LTE/HSPA+ and a minimum 4 inch screen. of course, right now, our resident ifans will tell you neither is needed, but when it happens, they will act like the cell world was just reinvented.. lol. Better stop these rumors or its going to kill apples Q1 2012 performance.. :)

9. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I'm hoping for a 3.7 to 3.9 inch screen. Its got to look classy and that just isn't possible with a 4+ inch screen.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I had worked out last year - back when we thought the iPhone 5 was coming this year - that Apple could push the screen size to 4.0" and keep the same pixel density without increasing the phone size much. They just have to stop using the current 3:2 shape and switch to a modern 16:9. Compare the EVO Design to the IP4... they can do it.

10. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First of all, my biggest HOPES are: re-design, LTE, larger screen, larger battery (and battery management) to keep up with these new features, and something no-one has thought of that will blow every one away. Second of all, Not sure what my EXPECTATIONS are. Really, this is a pushed product. They aren't gathering requirements from a customer and designing to those requirements. Our EXPECTATION is that Apple will release a quality product that is competitive with or surpasses current devices. Third of all, stop acting like taco50 and fueling his lame flame.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im not fueling anything. Taco and I have that Q1 2012 bet. I love i5 rumors because they only help me win the bet. The better the rumor, the more people hold off buying an i4s and wait for the i5. :)

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think very soon you will realize what a big mistake you've made.

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