Next iPhone likely won't support LTE or WiMAX

Next iPhone likely won't support LTE or WiMAX
This is probably the last iPhone 5 rumor you’ll ever see (hopefully) and it seems that it comes only to tone down expectations a bit - the new iPhone won’t support LTE or WiMAX, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing “people familiar with the company’s plans.”

The new handset will only support EV-DO and HSPA+ speeds, which go for 4G as well, but are a far cry from the speeds offered by LTE and WiMAX. The Journal doesn’t go into much detail about what could be the cause - but our guess is battery life was among the biggest concerns as well as design restrictions.

Sprint is now widely believed to offer the next-gen iPhone along with Verizon and AT&T, but here’s where rumors take two paths - it could turn out that the iPhone 5 is a Sprint exclusive (unlikely) or that the iPhone 5 arrives a month later on the Now Network. Tune in at 10AM PST | 12PM CST | 1PM EST | 6PM GMT when all details will finally be revealed.

source: WSJ

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11 Comments

1. angel rosado unregistered

Everybody should have the chance to have the iphone5. lets make it happen Apple

3. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

If a company utilizes Wi-Max properly then it can have almost as good battery life out of 4G as 3G. Also Wi-Max has been around for a while now so I'm sure they've made much newer, faster, smaller, and less energy demanding Wi-Max chips. I think the iPhone5 needs and deserves Wi-Max.

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's a marketing nightmare though. I think Apple would rather have a straightforward answer to the question "Is the iPhone 5 a 4G phone?"

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1733; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

LTE or bust for me

6. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

no point if you dont have the speed to do anything "sexy"

7. Mooooo

Posts: 212; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

Yawn Zzz

8. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Damn! Oh dear. This thing will still smoke the competition in the way its predecessor did but no LTE is not good.

9. DoctorWho

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 15, 2008

No 4G? Pass for me. That was the only feature I was truly looking forward to in the next-gen iPhone. Waiting for Nexus Prime! Give us some more leaks today!

10. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

HSPA+ is a far cry from wimax speeds?! Isn't HSPA+ faster than wimax?

12. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

The lack of LTE is more the bummer. And for Sprint users, WiMax is much faster than EVDO. It hurts Verizon and Sprint not to have 4G. Sure not the AT&T users as much since LTE isn't launched fully for AT&T.

11. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

It's not shocking, pretty much everyone was saying this was gonna happen. When the original iPhone launched it was a 2G device when damned near every smartphone on the market was 3G. Anyway, Next year's iPhone will be the new one, this year's will be the 3GS to the iPhone 4. Their big improvement is iOS features.

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