Next iPhone rumored to come with LTE

Next iPhone rumored to come with LTE
An LTE iPhone is “very likely” to come in 2012 after Apple released an LTE supporting third generation iPad, Taiwanese DigiTimes concludes based on smartphone makers on the island.

The new iPhone which is widely expected to arrive in the second half of 2012 will thus boost LTE phone sales to between 45 million and 50 million for the whole of this year. Earlier, the estimate for 4G LTE phone sales stood at 25 million to 30 million.

As always with Apple, though, nothing is certain and even more so this rumor coming from DigiTimes with its mixed track record. It is only logical, though, that the new iPhone features LTE after the iPad so we would put our trust in this one.

The problem an LTE iPhone is facing is universal band compatibility. Different carriers use different bands, which makes data roaming impossible and that’s something that will require effort on the chip makers’ side.

Apart from that, we’ve been hearing whispers about a better processor (which seems also very likely) and a larger screen (not that certain) on the next iPhone. There’s also the possibility for a redesign to an aluminum body and a new antenna system. How do you envision the 2012 iPhone?

source: DigiTimes via BGR

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34 Comments

1. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

And people would freak if the new iPhone had LTE even though it's been around for years now!

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know, if that is a rumor then the new iPhone will be a total disappointment. A rumor would be like the phone will have a 4.7 inch Retina display & that it transforms into a robot. That is a rumor not that it might have LTE.

30. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Just because it's been around for "years" doesn't mean it's been perfect. Apple refused to use LTE for the fact that it kills battery life. Course, people with Android will drool at the idea of getting 30+MBPS on their phone with such lackluster battery life. And this article is speculation fueled by PA. I'd take it with a grain of salt.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

If the next iPhone has LTE it would stand for: LiMiTed Throttled EmboliSm

31. GENRAL.LEVY

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Welcome to the future apple and there gonna say this changes everything evolution revolution

3. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This news article is like saying a caterpillar will turn into a butterfly...

4. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

If it doesn't come with a significant increase in screen size this time around, it will lose market share for sure!

8. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's what people said about the iPhone 4, and 4S. However, it didn't just gain market value, it shattered unit sales. Apparently size isn't everything.

5. Maseison

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

New Flash: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor!

12. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

with the Sony Xperia series, Fujitsu smartphone, and the Panasonic ELUGA series!

6. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

duh, isnt this so obvious? Apple is late again.. soon, its gonna be the late Apple..

20. Sparhawk

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Apple is late? There are currently no LTE Windows Mobile or Blackberry devices either. Only Androids, as far as I know.

21. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

What are Blackberry devices? Aren't those like smartphones that never changed and ended up getting forgotten?

24. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

+1 for making our point for us

7. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

what an innovation

10. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

after many reports on how carriers, phone makers are going trough lots of trouble have 4G in selected areas.. and people make dumb comments... yes we knwo 4g is been for more than a year.. we also know that is not in every home yet and less than half of the US population either uses 4G or has a phone capable of 4g so.. not even the phone of the year the SGSII had LTE...

13. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

And? Lay off the acid.

16. dakota1202

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

or share.

22. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

because there wasn't a carrier it launched on that had LTE at the time. And when ATT got LTE they made a SGSII that did as well. The Skyrocket.

25. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

1) Phone of the year wasn't the SGS2 2) Just getting it now doesn't make it a better than having it for almost 2 years, it makes it worse

34. CM_Punk

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Don't bother explaining it. It'll come in one way and go out the other. Everyone is slobbering over LTE, yet I bet even 5% of the ones clamoring for LTE even knows what it means. LTE is still in the infancy stages and has quite a bit to go before it's relevant enough for me to care. Apple knows this as well since LTE eats battery life up like crazy. But of course, people need to find some way to wave their "I have a 4G phone, you don't(iPhone user)." #bestintheworld

11. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

we all knew that the iPhone would have LTE on it when they announced the LTE-version of the iPad last week.............this is not big news for those who aren't closed minded to only Apple products

14. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I somewhat disagree. LTE was announced for the iPad because they managed to cram the King Kong of batteries into that mofo so that LTE doesn't give as much of a "drain". If they can't do something similar with the iPhone5 I would say the chances of it having LTE are still only about 50%.

17. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

lol your an idiot

18. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

No, you're an idiot.

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

how about both of you...

33. GENRAL.LEVY

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

No just u

15. freakinsweetdude

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

you don't say..

19. e.wvu unregistered

This is a wasted article because that's very obvious that the next iPhone will have LTE

23. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

type in "iPhone LTE" in the search bar at the top. I counted 7 articles that said pretty much the exact same s**t this one did. This is not news.

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