Suspicious Pics Suggest 4G LTE Network Equipment is Hitting Apple Retail Stores
Fewer than 24 hours after MMi reported
that Apple's iPhone carriers are believed to be actively testing a 4G-capable prototype of a future generation handset, curious images have surfaced to suggest that AT&T is installing 4G LTE network equipment in various Apple retail stores, just weeks before Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5.
The images published with the initial report have since been removed at the request of the tipster providing the information. We will honor the request as well and not show the images. However, yours truly has seen them and they are thought-provoking to say the least.
Although there remains scant evidence to support the suspicion that the 5th generation iPhone will deliver LTE compatibility, the new images are raising eyebrows and sparking rampant speculation across the tech blogosphere, particularly among those who hope Apple has a 4G bombshell planned for the iPhone 5.
"Now we've received the image you see above," Engadget reported Tuesday before pulling the image, "which shows some 4G LTE equipment that was recently installed in a major Apple store -- by AT&T, according to our source. Making things somewhat more interesting is the equipment itself, one piece of which supports only the 700MHz and AWS bands -- both of which AT&T plans to use for its LTE network if the T-Mobile acquisition goes through."
What does it all mean? Well, taking today's news into consideration along with BGR's report Monday about the supposed testing of an iPhone that supports 4G LTE, perhaps Apple will deliver a 4G bombshell this fall after all.