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

1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Here we go again....

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

The hype starts weeks after the phone release. iHate iHype so much. iSHEEP!!!! IT"S OVERPRICED CRAP!!!

14. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

what is more sheepish? -people buying a phone they like every year or two and using for normal phone features -fandroids FLOCKING to every apple related article TIME AFTER TIME to post the EXACT SAME SENTIMENTS im leaning toward the second one.

18. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

i get a new phone almost every year.... but heres the difference... each phone i get is a phone thats atop the phone food chain. you guys run out every year and buy outdated s**t. s**t that i had in my phone 2 phones ago.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah that sounds about right. You can take it further & say the same exact phone only with Siri!

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And the "new" phone you buy every year is almost the exact same as what you had with a minor spec bump. You sound like a sheep

28. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Are you suggesting a Droid, Thunderbolt and Galaxy Nexus are the same device?

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

They're very similar yes. Same operating system with minor differences in camera processor etc. just because you change the casing doesn't make it revolutionary. That's another funny thing about droidbots. They bash Apple users for getting the same phone while their favorite company does the same thing.

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Seriously? You look at a 2009 Droid, a 2011 Thunderbolt and the Galaxy Nexus and see very similar devices? The only thing they have in common is a touchscreen. Oh, and the only similarity that matters to you... they're all a Not iPhone.

39. GeekMovement unregistered

Shows what he knows about android. He's so focused on the iPhone he doesn't even sound like he's touched android devices before.

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

2009 droid to todays androids are not anymore of a jump than 3GS to iPhone 4S

43. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Except for shape, size and function (from physical qwerty to Swype), sure. No major changes.

45. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

huge increases in processing power, screen size, camera quality (which used to be complete crap), loads of new features that NO phone has ever had before,stability increases, reduced fragmentation by far, on and on and on. yup.. exept for all that and much more, it hasnt changed. without android to copy from apple would still be on version 2.0

46. GeekMovement unregistered

Exactly what I was saying. Knows nothing about android. The significant difference in just the user interfaces almost completely changes the experience in each phone. You might think so what if the UI LOOKS different the operations are all the same, well then you're saying that all phones are the same because the functions are the same, calling, texting, internet browsing, media, etc.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; 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: 4744; 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.

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the board will be very quiet without you, but i doubt anyone will think it was a "mistake". lolol

26. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

is the bet all about iPhone 4s vs SGS2 or Apple vs Samsung sales for smartphones? if it's about iPhone 4s vs SGS2, i don't think Samsung will come close, I can predict that iP4s will still top the charts up until Q2 next year. As for Apple vs Samsung smartphone sales, Apple has 3 models and Samsung has a ton of them, so I guess Apple can't outsell Samsung..

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It's Apple vs Samsung all smartphone sales. Apple has been outselling them. Last quarter was the first where Samsung had more. Arcq the amount of times your info is incorrect is rivaled only by remix our resident village idiot.

30. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

well, i guess you're the idiot because at this point, non of us are correct, all of us are just predicting.. but i still think that this is gonna be a close fight, because this is the first time that apple will have 3 models at the same time..

35. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it will be a close fight, someone is going to edge out the other. its manufacturer vs manufacturer. Samsung just edged out Apple who just recently took the top spot from Nokia so its anyones game. The only constant is that there is no constant.

51. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

arcq12, Could you clarify what you mean by, "...this is the first time that apple will have 3 models at the same time.." My guesses: - 1st time the iPhone is on 3 carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint) - 1st time the iPhone comes in 3 flavors (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) - 1st time there are 3 models? (3GS, 4, 4S) If this last one was your intention, not true, there was 3G, 3GS, 4 previously. Granted, you could argue that the current 3 are more viable options than the previous 3. I'll predict you meant both of my first 2 bullets...that it's on 3 carriers being the biggest factor.

41. cnwwyo

Posts: 126; Member since: May 26, 2011

I thought u were the village idiot? maybe village joto?

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

he is.. if you have ever tried to tell someone that was mentally disabled that they are infact mentally disabled for the first time in their life? they never believe you. Same principal with taco. He doesnt realize just how "special" he is. To him everyone else is disabled and he is normal. :)

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.

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