No 4G LTE Chips For iPhone Until iPhone 6?

With the iPhone 5 expected this fall 2011, or maybe even in 2012 if rumors are to be believed, some users were hoping that Apple would take the extra time to feature 4G networking in the next iPhone.

While 4G/LTE is not completely active in Canada yet, the majority of the big carriers are on the verge of the transition from 3G speeds to LTE.

During Apple’s earnings conference call earlier this week, COO Tim Cook indicated that the current generation of LTE chips forced Apple to make design compromises that they were unhappy with. In other words, LTE did not fit well with Apple’s iPhone design plans.

After the conference call, Forbes noted that the Apple/LTE situation wouldn’t be resolved in time for Apple to bring LTE to the iPhone 5.

Those chips won’t appear in handsets until next year, says Will Strauss, president of wireless chip tracker Forward Concepts. “They’re right that there’s nothing out there that fits the bill, and likely nothing will until the fourth quarter of this year,” Strauss says when asked about Cook’s remarks.

In other words, for those waiting for LTE speeds from an iPhone, we may not see LTE networking until the sixth-generation of the device.


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  • Sparky

    What about HSPA+. Do most carriers in Canada support that?

    I guess it’d be more fragmentation that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Well, that cements it for me. No upgrades until iPhone 6. Paying for a new iPhone every year is getting expensive. I’ll be holding out for an LTE-capable iPhone.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see why any Canadians would be worried about LTE in the iPhone 5. None of the carriers seem to be launching LTE until 2012. Also, who knows exactly when within 2012 it’ll be deployed and how many markets it’ll cover. (My guess, probably not many.) I’ll be happy to see some HSPA+ support in the iPhone 5, personally.

  • Anonymous

    Most carriers have HSPA+
    The next iPhone should support that then the 6 will support LTE.

  • Ryan

    This might be a stupid question so sorry in advance but so far from what I understand this will support the regular GSM as current iPhones plus CDMA for Verizon and now LTE… The question is if this will or can support the 1700Mhz (Mobilicity/Wind) bandwidth?

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  • Anonymous

    And read the latest new that the iPhone 5 No 4G LTE Due To Size And Cost.
    How is this possible!! Bcz cost??!

  • Anonymous

    And read the latest new that the iPhone 5 No 4G LTE Due To Size And Cost.
    How is this possible!! Bcz cost??!