Internal iOS Build Reveals Carriers Currently Testing 4G LTE iPhone?

According to report by BGR, their hands on analysis of an internal iOS build obtained from a carrier has revealed evidence of 4G LTE iPhones being tested. Deep within shows a properly list (.plist) file showing LTE:

BGR has obtained evidence of an internal iOS test build from one of Apple’s major carrier partners, and buried in the firmware is a property list (.plist file) for LTE. This doesn’t necessarily mean every Apple device that’s about to be released will feature an embedded 4G LTE modem, but it certainly means Apple isn’t sitting on the sidelines as 4G LTE networks continue to roll out around the world.

There were earlier rumours of an LTE-enabled ‘iPhone 4S’, but it was unlikely to launch this year. The fact that LTE networks are barely being deploy around the world (Rogers has a LTE network up in Ottawa and Bell has stated theirs is coming), it wouldn’t make sense for a 4G iPhone to come now, but testing would make sense for a future LTE-ready iPhone. As for the usability of LTE? Battery technology becomes a concern as it tries to keep up with LTE’s insatiable thirst for power, as seen on 4G Android devices.

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