LTE is coming to the iPhone, report claims

LTE is coming to the iPhone, report claims
There are more than a few reasons to believe that the 6th generation iPhone will offer LTE connectivity. In case you need another one, however, then here is a report coming straight from the Korea Times stating that Apple and local carriers SK Telecom and KT have matters to discuss. The parties are in talks about offering 4G LTE service on the next iPhone iteration.

More specifically, SK Telecom and KT want to be sure that the smartphone is compatible with their 4G networks. That is necessary because LTE in South Korea operates at frequencies different from those used in the U.S. As a matter of fact, that is why the new iPad cannot connect to LTE networks within the country, although a model with cellular connectivity is indeed being sold.

Other clues leading us to assume that the iPhone 5 (or The New iPhone, if you will) might finally get LTE connectivity include the photos of the device's motherboard, which were leaked yesterday. Close examination of the component revealed that new connectors have been fitted, supposedly for a dedicated LTE antenna. Besides, the rumor mill has been throwing speculations of LTE connectivity in the next iPhone since last year, in addition to clues about other hardware upgrades. But most importantly, the new iPad supports LTE already, meaning that Apple is now open to using 4G connectivity with its mobile devices. If the next iPhone does not have LTE, however, many Apple fans will be very upset.

The exact specifications of the next iPhone will likely become known next month. It is believed that the smartphone will be announced on September 12 and will hit the shelves not long after that.

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14 Comments

1. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Plus Verizon said they will not sell anymore 3G smartphones.

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Duh. Why is this news? It would be a major surprise if the new iPhone didn't come with LTE. Let's just hope that it's compatible with the rest of the world not like the new iPad. :-/

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

They said that last year for 2012, but since then, they've realeased the Blackberry Curve 9310 which is only 3G. Maybe, they meant only real smartphones? Haha.

13. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Verizon doesn't really consider it a smartphone. That's why BlackBerrys have different data plans.

2. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

There better damn be LTE. or I will flip a table on someone.

4. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I just hope Apple has a plan to give it reasonable battery life if those reports of the battery barely growing are true.

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i dont know why this is news. we all know that the iPhone 5 has to have LTE to remain competitive

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Unless apple releases a larger-screen 2012 model and waits until the 2013 model for LTE... it is apple after all!

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

They need to stop reposting articles like this. WE ALL know it's going to have LTE but with a weak battery life. this is NOT NEWS

9. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

right..? cause you know for a fact that the battery life is going to be weak. We got a man on the inside! inspector gadget80 you're my hero broski! Lol fanboy

10. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Wasn't there a leak about the battery size being in the 1500mAh range? If that turns out to be true, then yes, it will have weak battery life. Guess we'll see.

11. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Now...this changes everything... It should because it's a new chip and stuff so yeah it should...

12. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Not one iPhone user will admit they are looking forward to 4g; to do so would be to admit that the current iPhone is slow. Last year we were subjected to posts excusing the lack of 4G on the iphone4s by saying that apple wanted better battery life in place before incorporating 4G. Wonder what the excuse will be this year? Why not stop claiming specs until you at least know the name of the phone. Doubtful it is even called an iphone5. Do not presume to know it will be LTE before you know the name of the handset. Really believe apple is releasing a CDMA LTE & a GSM 4G? Really? Good luck with that.

14. RealRapRaw

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

"Really believe apple is releasing a CDMA LTE & a GSM 4G? Really? Good luck with that" There's a chip for that.http://www.qualcomm.com/chipsets/gobi

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