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.