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03-29-2011, 09:51 AM #1Delay in iPhone 5 Release May Have Something to Do With LTE
The internet was abuzz with rumors of the past few days reporting that this year's Apple WWDC would not feature any new hardware, and would focus strictly on software (as the invitation suggests.) WWDC has been the place where the iPhone 3G, 3Gs, and 4 have all been announced, so it would seem likely that Apple would announce the fifth-generation iPhone at WWDC 2011. Many reports however, are now suggesting otherwise, but today TechCrunch has released a detailed report explaining what they believe to coming in iOS 5, and then continues to mention why we may not see an iPhone 5 at WWDC, and their answer is simple: LTE.
LTE (short for Long Term Evolution) is the technology behind both AT&T's and Verizon's 4G network. Verizon is slightly ahead of their nemesis in their rollout schedule, but both companies should have much of the United States blanketed in 4G LTE by the end of 2013. Verizon in fact, just released their first Android device that is capable of running on the new 4G network, and reviews have widely praised the incredible speed (particularly compared to other technologies that are being touted as '4G,' such as Sprint's WiMax and T-Mobile's HSPDA) that rivals home broadband. It may make sense for Apple to continue its work on 4G LTE over the summer, and then release one single device that was capable of running old protocols (GSM and CDMA) as well as LTE. In fact, Apple's current Qualcomm chip in the Verizon iPhone 4 is already capable of both GSM and CDMA. Apple just needs to redesign their antenna to accommodate it.
This rumor makes the previous rumors of a delayed iPhone make a whole lot of sense. It also is in line with previous reports that the iPhone 5 will not see a significant exterior redesign (besides the occasional report of a four-inch screen- I wouldn't count on it.) This could be because the significant redesign would happen on the interior. TecCrunch is quick to point out that Apple COO "addressed the LTE topic directly," when he stated at the launch of the Verizon iPhone: " 'The first generation LTE chipsets force some design compromises. Some of which we would not make.' ”
Apple is undoubtedly preparing an LTE iPhone, the question is whether we'll see it in the next revision of the iPhone or not. TechCrunch's analysts suggest a less than ten-percent chance of 4G LTE coming to the iPhone 5 if it gets released this summer, but a fifty-percent chance if the phone is released this fall. It may make sense for Apple to wait now, in order to truly provide a next-generation handset and not fall-behind by not including 4G LTE in the iPhone until summer 2012.
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03-29-2011, 09:57 AM #2
I'd be down for a 4g enabled iPhone released in the fall
03-29-2011, 09:58 AM #3
why would Apple deploy an LTE phone as soon as 4G is rolled out. Apple always waits a year or two.
What I mean is it's unlike them to implement the technology as soon as it's released
Last edited by z3r01; 03-29-2011 at 10:48 AM.
03-29-2011, 09:58 AM #4
Well they did wait for the second iPhone to go 3G when they could have put it on the first gen.
03-29-2011, 10:00 AM #5
Apple should wait to release the iPhone 5 until they have LTE installed. The iPhone 4 is already outdated technology and an iPhone 5 without LTE would make no sense at all!
03-29-2011, 10:02 AM #6
LTE/4G isn't anywhere near widely available worldwide.
Btw, that mockup doesn't have volume and mute buttons in the side profile
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03-29-2011, 10:03 AM #7
It's reported that LTE will not be widespread until the end of 2013. Why would Apple put LTE in their phone in 2011?! It seems great in theory but it would only benefit a small minority of users. It would make a lot more sense to introduce LTE next year.
03-29-2011, 10:05 AM #8
Anyone else think that mocup is SEXY!?"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
- Steve Jobs
03-29-2011, 10:06 AM #9
I am all for Apple holding off a bit for iPhone5. The iPhone4 is much more advanced than the 3GS. The 3GS was not much of a jump from the 3G. With a 3GS I was anxiously awaiting the iPhone4. Now however, with my iPhone4, I can wait a bit longer as long as the upgrade to iPhone5 is worth it. My iPhone4 is running great and is awesome. Would hate to have Apple release something that is not much better. Makes sense to hold off and release something that is actually something.
03-29-2011, 10:07 AM #10
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03-29-2011, 10:14 AM #12
iPhone 3G > 3GS massive changes. upgraded camera, better processor, 2X RAM
3GS > iPhone 4 more massive changes. upgraded screen, processor, camera, RAM.
iPhone 4 > iPhone 5 - minimal changes. dual core processor, same screen, possibly more RAM although not needed, possibly same cameras.. the 5MP takes crazy good pictures.
03-29-2011, 10:29 AM #13
Well Mobile operators have only just began to buy the 4g licences over here in the UK.
03-29-2011, 10:33 AM #14
Not a surprise to me. Had network failure all around my area. When I talked to AT&T they told me they were upgrading all towers around me to run 4G. Also I asked why and the response was next iPhone coming will be on 4G. Also they have a test model they have been using to see how well the iPhone will work on AT&T network.
03-29-2011, 10:47 AM #15
03-29-2011, 10:50 AM #16
Apple is adding a flux capacitor on the iPhone 5 but doc still needs some things before implementation
03-29-2011, 10:50 AM #17
If i said something you like or helped you out, don't be shy hit that thanks button
03-29-2011, 10:53 AM #18
This one's for you Sammo....guess you shouldn't have disregarded it after all eh? Considering I posted this in the WWDC thread an hour after it was announced.
Originally Posted by RICO_ 3/28/2011
03-29-2011, 11:00 AM #19
AT&T Is selling 4G phones already on 3G service
03-29-2011, 11:00 AM #20