iPhone 5 to support HSPA+?
Japanese blog Macotakara reports (via MacPost) that a China Unicom executive apparently confirmed during a presentation at this week's Macworld Asia that the "iPhone 5" set to be announced next week will indeed support HSPA+ "4G" technology, offering a maximum theoretical data speed of 21 Mbps (up from 7.2Mbps). A slide showing the information was photographed by Japanese site PC Watch.
Japanese IT news site "PC Watch" tells that, Research vice president of China Unicom, Huan Wenliang, told iPhone 5 will support W-CDMA based high-speed data transfer standard HSPA Evolution "HSPA+" (21Mbps) at keynote speech in Macworld Asia 2011.
'iPhone 5' to Support 21 Mbps HSPA+ '4G' Technology - Mac Rumors
Might explain why Verizon is cozying up to Samsung!
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I wonder the same, especially since Verizon's LTE has been in the market longer, and is supposed to be more extensively launched before AT&T. Maybe this is why it's taking longer, since they have to produce LTE phones for two different carriers, which was not the case with the 3GS? Just a thought, obviously not a fact
- 09-29-2011, 10:58 AM #6
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I guess I meant in terms of faster speeds. My bad. I'm definitely not proficient in tech language.
They wouldn't do faster speeds for one carrier and not the other though, right? That sounds a little strange to me, but I'm not really a strategic business person either. Sigh.
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Verizon is interested in protecting its bottom line. Who can blame them with Vodafone as an inpatient parent. LTE is Verizon's bread and butter. Companies that make use of that network will get rewarded by Verizon marketing.
Apple on Verizon has been very quiet. No word on vacation black outs. I find that very odd when AT&T and Sprint have been very public about preparations for iPhone launching.
Verizon customers have gotten used to the idea of no simultaneous voice and data on the iPhone. They (including me) have gotten used to the slower 3G speeds. Sacrificing speed for consistent and reliable connectivity is a no brainer. I supposedly live in an HSPA+ area. I have full confidence that network connectivity wont be sufficient for the iPhone mail client to stop its spinning wheel despite being in a HSPA+ area.
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At the time of the iPhone4 launch on Verizon, it was said that they were not prepared to make the form-factor & battery life concessions to put LTE in the Verizon iPhone at that time. There will be an LTE/Verizon iPhone - I'm guessing it will be available when all those who jumped on and got the iPhone4 at launch on Verizon contracts are up, and they'll have something to upgrade to.
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I'd be very surprised if the new iPhone didn't have HSPA+.
- It's a fairly mature technology.
- Globally, it's probably more widely deployed than LTE atm.
- It offers speeds comparable to current real world implementations of LTE.
- Faster speeds complement the U/E, and Apple is all about the user experience.
- Apple needs a selling point to compete against the growing number of LTE devices between now and whenever they release an LTE iPhone.