Apple Testing 4G LTE iPhone With Carriers?

News | Wednesday August 10 2011 7:02 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

BGR reports that Apple is already testing 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carriers.
BGR claims that they’ve discovered a reference to LTE in an internal iOS build, which they’ve managed to get from one of Apple ‘s carrier partners. They however can’t confirm if Apple ‘s eagerly anticipated
will support 4G LTE networks.
While we can’t confirm that the upcoming fifth-generation iPhone will be able to support 4G LTE, we can now exclusively confirm that Apple ’s carrier partners are testing iPhone models with LTE capability. 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.
But before you get excited, it seems 
 this year, as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured. AT&T and Verizon are expected to complete the rollout of their 4G LTE network nationwide only by 2013.
, which are enforced by the current-generation 4G LTE chipsets. Chipmakers like Qualcomm, ST Ericcson and Intel are expected to launch the next generation chips towards the end of this year, which are expected to meet Apple ’s requirements. So Apple is widely speculated to launch a 4G LTE 
 in 2012. But we won’t be surprised if Apple is already testing a 4G LTE iPhone to ensure that it is adequately tested for next year.
, which has been rumored. HSPA+ is advertised by many GSM carriers as ‘4G’.
Are you waiting for a 4G LTE iPhone ? Or do you plan to buy or upgrade to iPhone 5 even if it doesn’t support 4G LTE? Let us know in the comments.

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