1. Cleveland's Avatar
    Apple to Add 4G LTE to IPhone 5, IPad 3 - Forbes


    Apple is reportedly adding 4G LTE to its iPhone 5 and iPad 3, as the company looks to level the playing field with Android devices.

    The Cupertino, Calif.-based companys CEO, Tim Cook, met with executives at NTT DoCoMo, a Japanese wireless carrier, to talk about when the devices will be available, according to Nikkei Business. The iPad 3 will reportedly hit the carrier in the summer, with the iPhone 5 following it in the fall.

    Apple continued its tablets early spring release schedule in the U.S. with the iPad 2 this year, and Japan got the device six weeks later. The current reports about the release of the iPad 3 would follow this same model, and analysts believe the iPhone 5 would come next fall, following the shifted release of the iPhone 4S from June to October.

    Many consumers were disappointed by the lack of LTE support in the 4S when it launched earlier this year, after several Android devices capable of the 4G speeds had already been released.

    Some customers may be upset they cant purchase an LTE-capable Apple device, but its hard to argue the company has made a mistake. The iPhone 4S is selling at a higher rate than any of its predecessors, and the iPad has continued to power Apple to the top of the list in tablet market share.

    Meanwhile, early LTE smartphones have proven to have poor battery life, a bulky design, or both. Apple likely bypassed LTE with its fifth-generation iPhone, choosing instead to put a premium on a slick design and strong battery performance, which has paid off in sales.

    Waiting for next year to add LTE capabilities to its devices makes sense for the company. The evolving technology will make it easier and cheaper for the company to incorporate LTE chips in their devices without compromising its designs or the efficiency of its batteries. In addition, Verizons LTE network will be serving even more of the country, and AT&T will be at the height of its LTE rollout.

    Next year may be the perfect time for Apple to add LTE capabilities to its iPhone and iPad devices, but if it doesnt, the company will run the risk of truly falling behind the pack.

    This post originally appeared at Mobiledia.
    12-03-2011 12:06 AM
  2. evorc's Avatar
    They almost have to.
    12-03-2011 12:08 AM
  3. Duvi's Avatar
    We'll see... I hope by 4G, it's LTE and not "HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul"
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    12-03-2011 01:23 AM
  4. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    They'd better, or else......
    12-08-2011 05:19 PM
  5. iPhoneGleek's Avatar
    I thought this was pretty much a given.... lol
    12-08-2011 10:11 PM
  6. Kristy_Lyn's Avatar
    I agree it is pretty much a given, however apple first has to figure out how to make it and still have decent battery life on the phone. I'm expecting to see a slight design change to accommodate a bigger battery.
    12-11-2011 12:13 PM
  7. mumfoau's Avatar
    I agree it is pretty much a given, however apple first has to figure out how to make it and still have decent battery life on the phone. I'm expecting to see a slight design change to accommodate a bigger battery.
    That's what I just told my wife


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    12-11-2011 01:16 PM
  8. Phil DeLong's Avatar
    I personally don't care that much if it has LTE or not, 3G is still doing me just fine. If they do include it, maintaining battery life better be their first concern.
    12-11-2011 06:25 PM
  9. mumfoau's Avatar
    I personally don't care that much if it has LTE or not, 3G is still doing me just fine. If they do include it, maintaining battery life better be their first concern.
    My sentiments exactly!


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    12-11-2011 07:14 PM
  10. DaPhoneking's Avatar
    I agree it is pretty much a given, however apple first has to figure out how to make it and still have decent battery life on the phone. I'm expecting to see a slight design change to accommodate a bigger battery.
    Honestly it's time for a whole new redesign...


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    12-11-2011 08:43 PM
  11. sting7k's Avatar
    AT&T's LTE network is now on in a few markets and being rolled out so they should have it for the next iPhone.
    12-11-2011 08:52 PM
  12. greasemuntney's Avatar
    I waited and did not upgrade to the i4S for this reason. I want a 4G iPhone and the next should be. The speed differences I have seen with 3G to 4G is pretty amazing. 2-5 meg 3G and 16-22 meg 4G is a pretty good jump. I know Apple will have to figure for more battery usage with the new system. But if anyone can produce a high quality 4G phone Apple should be able to. My wife and I both are almost due a update and we both decided to just wait for the i5. Hope we are making the right chose.
    12-11-2011 10:18 PM
  13. emirozmen's Avatar
    %99.999999
    I mean it should to compete with the market.
    01-23-2012 10:20 PM
  14. 0pusX's Avatar
    With verizon announcing at CES that ALL smartphones realeased from this point forward are required to have LTE capabilities on their network just reaffirms what we all have been assuming....it will have LTE
    01-25-2012 01:07 AM
  15. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    I personally don't care that much if it has LTE or not, 3G is still doing me just fine. If they do include it, maintaining battery life better be their first concern.
    With verizon announcing at CES that ALL smartphones realeased from this point forward are required to have LTE capabilities on their network just reaffirms what we all have been assuming....it will have LTE
    My only concern is about losing my unlimited data if I have to switch from a 3G iPhone to an LTE iPhone.
    01-26-2012 02:47 PM
  16. Jeremy's Avatar
    My only concern is about losing my unlimited data if I have to switch from a 3G iPhone to an LTE iPhone.
    As of right now, you don't lose it. I highly doubt you will then either.
    01-31-2012 09:16 PM
  17. Premium1's Avatar
    With verizon announcing at CES that ALL smartphones realeased from this point forward are required to have LTE capabilities on their network just reaffirms what we all have been assuming....it will have LTE
    That isn't what they said and was proved wrong by another article.
    01-31-2012 10:11 PM
  18. plt3121MarineAlways's Avatar
    Ok what is the Article?
    02-01-2012 01:03 AM
  19. Shooter03's Avatar
    I agree it is pretty much a given, however apple first has to figure out how to make it and still have decent battery life on the phone. I'm expecting to see a slight design change to accommodate a bigger battery.
    Yes please bigger battery. HUGE!!!!
    02-01-2012 03:17 AM
  20. Timhewitt's Avatar
    Apple will wait until the low power LTE chipsets are available in volume. Could easily be another year. No one wants an iPhone you have to charge three times a day.
    02-01-2012 09:40 AM
  21. Jeremy's Avatar
    Something to keep in mind - late last year Apple installed LTE equipment in some of their stores. Whether that was for an iPad, Mac, iPhone... I'll let you guys/gals debate that.
    02-01-2012 10:14 AM
  22. Garz's Avatar
    I believe it will ahve LTE but just if it does, they give us the option to switch to 3G. There are days when I'm not around a charger and need to make sure my phone lasts for the day.
    02-01-2012 12:00 PM
  23. Thegreatone3's Avatar
    I'm switching to Verizon so I really want it to have LTE. The 3G speeds on Verizon (maybe 0.5-1.0 Mb/s) pale in comparison to AT&T's (3-6 Mb/s) in my area.
    02-01-2012 12:19 PM
  24. Premium1's Avatar
    Ok what is the Article?
    http://zlstudios.net/2012/01/verizon...r-smartphones/
    02-01-2012 12:21 PM
  25. Premium1's Avatar
    Something to keep in mind - late last year Apple installed LTE equipment in some of their stores. Whether that was for an iPad, Mac, iPhone... I'll let you guys/gals debate that.
    yeah and some at&t stores got cases for a supposed iphone with a larger screen and look how that turned out....
    02-01-2012 12:22 PM
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