LTE iPhone and iPad rumored to launch next year

LTE iPhone and iPad rumored to launch next year
Rumor has it that the next-gen iPad and iPhone will both get LTE radios when they launch in 2012. According to a report by Nikkei, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is to release the next iPad iteration in the summer and the iPhone 4S successor at a later time during the fall of next year. Furthermore, the story adds that both devices will be LTE-enabled, thus taking advantage of the carrier's 4G network.

The report claims that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Kiyoyuki Tsujimura and Takashi Yamada, president and vice president of NTT DoCoMo respectively, in mid-November to discuss the conditions, under which the next iPad and iPhone models will be sold through the carrier. Reportedly, the executives came to an agreement and settled all the details around the deal, including the number of iPad and iPhone units the carrier is going to order.

Last time when we heard rumors about a 4G LTE iPhone, we were told that the reason why Apple was holding back from equipping its smartphone with an LTE radio is that the design alterations that doing so would require were not acceptable at the time. Besides, LTE radios were accused of being too power-hungry for the device's battery to handle. We have also heard stories about an LTE iPhone being tested by carriers, which also adds a small dose of credibility to today's rumor.

Of course, whether the next iPhone and iPad models will pack LTE support or not will be known for sure only after they are announced. And by the time they do, rumors like these should not come as much of a surprise.

source: Nikkei (translated) via SlashGear

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15 Comments

1. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

who cares. i want to see what the iphone 5 will look like but thats it bc i will not be purchasing it. i will be happy with my galaxy nexus && then get the galaxy nexus s next.

2. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Cool maybe this one will be fire proof lol

3. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

This is not a surprise. Because Apple is waiting for a power efficient Lte chip. I thing Qualcom will provide next gen Lte chip to iPhone and iPad.

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Exactly.

4. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You post this story every other day Give it a rest until you have something substantiated

5. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

No sh.it Sherlock?

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

why do these people still cant get over with what the iP4s brought? if you guys arent satisfied or happy on how it is then get something else instead of spreading another untimely rumor about the next gen iPhone..

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

So, the iphone 4S must be getting old already, if P.A. is discussing LTE and iphone.....common sense tells us that it will happen someday. The first iphone was not even 3G, could not do MMS, or cut and paste, so this is all no surprise.

15. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Dude for that matter, the iPhone 4s was old 6 months before it launched!

10. bubba78

Posts: 57; Member since: May 23, 2011

I would hope that the next iPhone will have LTE, or that would be a bigger fail than the iPhone 4S. I know iPhone 4S's are selling like crazy, but it still was a disappointment, at least to me, since I have an iPhone 4.

11. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

the 4s doesnt even seem like a top range smartphone. feels like a midrange. and thats todays standards. if they come out with ANOTHER phone next year thats not LTE, what will that feel like? lower-mid range? i dont buy it. it has to be LTE. but lets face it... they can come out with a iPhone 5 thats not even 3G and itll sell like hot cakes. they can get the originally razr and stamp an apple logo on it, and itll sell like hot cakes. so do they really care?

12. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

knowing that the iP4s has dual-core with the best GPU around in iOS, it is in the top range.. and it may not have LTE, but it has HSPA+ speeds which should get the job done..

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

In the U.S., that would be with AT&T as it slow with the other carriers.

16. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Results to be the best device for mobile gaming, now that's the main purpose of a smartphone. Rather than a dual core that eats the same if not more battery than the iphone 4, I'd have more connectivity or battery life.

14. jimbo_jones_rules

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This is the most unexpected and shocking news/rumor that I have heard recently (other than the fact that Herman Cain might be thinking of dropping out of the Presidential race...) I honestly thought that Apple would continue to put out 3G devices for the next several years even though every other major phone manufacturer has some type of LTE phone/tablet. Thanks for enlightening me Phone Areana!

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