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  • Report: 4G LTE 'iPhone 5' In The Vault Until Next Year


    We had to wait sixteen months between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. Next time around, however, we may only have to wait six to twelve months before the iPhone 5 is introduced. The iPhone many of us were expecting to see yesterday - a significantly redesigned 4G-capable iPhone - may drop in the spring of 2012, says analyst Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts.

    "They're saving iPhone 5 for the LTE version and that won't be out until next spring," Strauss tells CNET. Given Strauss' close work with chip providers and even closer connections with companies that produce components for Apple's iPhone, his comments are stirring the pot. Although Strauss didn't cite specific sources, the general point of his claim - that the iPhone 5 will be dramatically different form the iPhone 4S - doesn't come as much of a shocker.

    "There's no way they could come out with LTE now," Strauss admitted, tangibly implying that it's pretty obvious many Apple fans were hoping for something bigger and better out of Apple's media event on Tuesday. In the long term, however, Strauss contends that Apple was smart for waiting to deploy any such futuristic mobile technologies.

    Current implementations of LTE in phones like the HTC Thunderbolt are too kludgy for Apple's tastes...The Thunderbolt, for example, has an LTE baseband (modem) chip and a second 3G chip from Qualcomm for the voice functions.
    As if a "kludgy" design wasn't enough to keep Apple at bay for now, there's another reason why waiting is better. "There are a lot of places today that LTE still doesn't reach," Strauss says, a reality that all but certainly will change dramatically during the next six to twelve months.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: 4G LTE 'iPhone 5' In The Vault Until Next Year started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      Yeah but seriously when it comes to Apple... the only truth is when they launch their product... anything before that.. you have to weed out yourself what is true and false... which site nailed what iPhone was going to come out?

      Most people read these articles for the truth.[/QUOTE]
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      Can we just get a break from rumors. The reason why people are disappointed is because of rumors that drove everyone's expectations.
    1. GTRagnarok's Avatar
      GTRagnarok -
      Wouldn't it be iPhone 6 now?
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mysterion View Post
      Most people read these articles for the truth.
      I'm going to guess your being sarcastic... If your serious(no offense) then that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. You can't take every article that serious. Especially a "rumor".
    1. fnnrdv's Avatar
      fnnrdv -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Ok, listen up MMi and in particular Michael Essany.

      Apple will not, I repeat, WILL NOT release another new iPhone any sooner than 10 months time. (giving them the option to return to the July/Aug slot). You reported on all the wrong and frankly stupid notion of Apple releasing a second iPad in the fall of this year, please don't do it again.

      None of us give a rats *** who the source is, or who reports the story. Unless the information comes from Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, or the team of VPs at Apple, then please do not waste your own time and ours by posting an article about it. We don't care if even the CEO of AT&T says something, they are usually extremely wrong. If the "source" as the title "analyst" before their name, then this is how you write the article: Hold the power button on your computer until the screen goes black. Easy!
      If you don't care to read this stuff, then why read it and comment on it?
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      Well, I was gonna get the 4s, but after reading this I think I'll just wait and hope for the best.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      ....
    1. zauriel's Avatar
      zauriel -
      MMi is an apple news and rumor roundup site that also provides instructions for jailbreaking. This is what they do, this is what they've always done, and this is what they will continue to do. If you don't care to read rumors, then either skip those articles or go find a different Apple news site that doesn't deal in rumors at all (good luck).
    1. baskie's Avatar
      baskie -
      Quote Originally Posted by zauriel View Post
      MMi is an apple news and rumor roundup site that also provides instructions for jailbreaking. This is what they do, this is what they've always done, and this is what they will continue to do. If you don't care to read rumors, then either skip those articles or go find a different Apple news site that doesn't deal in rumors at all (good luck).
      Yep, agree 100%.

      But, what MMI seems to have lost is the ability to differentiate between genuine rumour and nonsense press releases put out by companies desperate to get their names in print.
    1. MarkSta1's Avatar
      MarkSta1 -
      Great. Talk about another iPhone and we haven't even gotten our hands on the one that was announced a few days ago!
    1. cavids's Avatar
      cavids -
      agreed, if it is only 6 months I would wait, if it is a full year I would upgrade now....