iPhone and iPad may finally get LTE thanks to Qualcomm

iPhone and iPad may finally get LTE thanks to Qualcomm
In the unbiased spaces of the tech world, the thinking is not that Apple has been holding back LTE from you because it hates you. Rather, Apple has been waiting for the hardware to catch up. Tim Cook even said that "LTE would force design compromises we're not willing to make." And, that likely means compromises in power efficiency.

You see, with every bump in mobile data technology, there is always a lag between the introduction of the faster speeds and when the baseband chips are able to efficiently process the new speeds and not kill your battery. The same thing happened when 3G first started rolling out, and now it's happening with LTE. Ask many LTE Android users and the overall story will be that LTE drains batteries very quickly (and before you comment, we understand that this isn't the case for everyone, so if your comment is going to start "But MY phone has battery for DAYS..." just keep moving.)

That's the accepted theory as to why Apple has held off on LTE, because the power efficiency just hasn't been up to par. However, that may be about to change with new Qualcomm baseband chips that could be the LTE solution in the next generation iPhone and iPad. Apple has already been using Qualcomm baseband chips in the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPad 2, so it seems likely that will continue, especially given these new chips.

Just yesterday, Qualcomm announced the new Gobi 4000 platform which is compatible with EV-DO Rev. A and B, HSPA+, and dual-carrier HSPA+. This means it could be the worldwide all-in-one solution that Apple always prefers to having separate variants for different regions. Qualcomm also unveiled its second generation MDM 9x00 baseband chips, which use a 28nm process, and that should lead to far better power efficiency. The MDM 9615 is due out in Q1 of 2012, so right now this seems like the best option for Apple to finally bring LTE to iOS devices.

source: Ars Technica

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34 Comments

1. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is the only thing keeping them from perfection... 4" screen and LTE and is game over...

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, 4" screens, the A6 & LTE will set Apple in the hardware and specs department and if they make some drastic changes with iOS6 then they'll be cookin' with grease!

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

lmao.

6. Carlitos

Posts: 669; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, but the thing is even if they do get,the new screen and LTE, they will still be behind unless they implement a quad core on the next iphone, which i doubt. By the time the next iphone comes out early next year, android is already well underway for quad cores. But then again, IOS, is a smooth, UI, so it most likely wont need a quad core. I like Iphones, but after i used an adroid phone i feel restricted when i use an iphone. (Customization)

33. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

the apple A6 is quad core and already in production by two manufacturers, samsung and TSMC.

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

If they had free turn by turn navigation and the ability to customize a little more I would agree with you. I would say LTE/larger screen is bringing them closer to "perfection". I was once asked to define "excellence" and my response was "excellence is not something that can be achieved, but something to constantly strive for" and I think that applies very well to technology. Regardless, LTE and a 4" screen would knock two things off my list of reasons for not owning an iPhone anymore.

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

@iamcc.. I must say i am impress with your comment.. I dont usuallly thumbs up or down people.. but i gave you thumbs up....

28. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Thanks gallito :-)

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

agree completely. in order to achieve perfection, that means that there can never be anything that can be better.. thats impossible in the tech world. But we all like a nice bump n specs and abilities dont we? lol :)

10. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Game is already over for Apple!

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

As much money as Apple is making from iPhone's right now....I think they already feel its game over. And I thought the iPhone was already perfection? According to some ppl...

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

lololol! you heard the man battery wizards! sit down and stfu! xD i'll be glad when the technology surrounding the use of LTE gets smoothed out.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

meow.

29. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You made me laugh out loud for some reason remix.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

i have to admit i do like the way phonearena has used the word 'finally' in this heading ;)

9. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I do like this but I won't be jumping ship for am iPhone unless they open it up a bit.. Custom ringtones. And just customization in general lol. Big hands.. I need a huge screen.

13. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Hey, you.... uninformed person... iOS has custom ringtones.

14. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So custom from your phone? Or custom you have to chop from your computer and upload? Or use a site lol I'm talking from your playlist on your phone that you chopped up using your phone and set as a ringtone.. Lol. I'm far from uninformed my friend I have an iPhone 4 sitting in my drawer that I used for 4 months or so. iOS has roundabout ways of getting custom ringtones.. Not custom ringtones natively.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

how do you GET ringtones natively? i don't think even Android does that. xD

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

on android you just go to the song, long press.. select "use as ringtone". if you want you can get ringdroid from the market and that will slice n dice any song u want for a custom piece of it.

18. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Gracias Remix lol. @King my context of natively was more angled at its a song already on your phone.. Not a downloaded computer edited song nor ringtone created using a website but a song edited by you on your phone.

21. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

okay, thanks for clearing that up but forgive me if i find it hard to believe that you can't set a custom ringtone by dragging and dropping or whatever.

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i do that myself. i'm rocking Space Party Anthem as my ringtone. you can't do that on the iPhone? that's pretty lame especially being that it's part iPod. well ringdroid isn't what i would call a native source. the only ringtones you can GET natively are the ones that are pre-loaded everything else either comes from your own library or a third party source. i'm sure there's some way to SET a custom ringtone on an iPhone.

24. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Agreed.. Perhaps just a poor word to use lol my bad. But point being you can make any ringtone you wish on an Android while on the fly rather than being at a computer. But outside using a computer for a custom iPhone ringtone there is no real way to do it. Pretty lame huh lol.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, old Steve really wasn't a fan of personalization was he?

32. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Ha, your funny. I liked your joke :) My friend\'s feature phone has \"custom ringtones.\"

16. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

People and their silly LTE hunger. I blame carrier marketing.

19. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Miz.. Once you get 30+ mbps you will understand.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you must not live in the United states

30. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Dude my cable internet was down for five days after a storm and I used my thunderbolt as a mobile hotspot with steady speeds of 15-25mbps. Considering I have a basic internet connection package the LTE was actually faster than my land line connection. Marketing you say? Plus, there's just something schmexy about apps downloading instantly.

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