AT&T secretly installing 4G LTE equipment in Apple Retail Stores ahead of rumored Oct. 7 next-gen iPhone launch

“Well, this is juicy! Following yesterday’s report that Apple was already testing an LTE-equipped iPhone with carriers comes this insider photo [see full article], showing that AT&T is secretly installing LTE equipment in at least one retail Apple store,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“I don’t think that the next iPhone will have LTE for a second: AT&T and Verizon simply haven’t penetrated enough American markets for this to be a major selling point, yet,” Brownlee writes. “In addition, the hardware still drains battery like a mofo. But if LTE isn’t coming with the iPhone 5, what is this LTE hardware for then?”

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Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac, “We’ve independently heard that Apple has plans to begin selling the next-generation iPhone on Friday, October 7th; the date first reported by TiPB.”

MacDailyNews Note: We also have independent confirmation of “likely the first week in October” from reliable sources.

Gurman continues, “According to our sources, Apple has been weighing between launching the new iPhone on October 7th or October 14th, but with the product’s latest stages of pre-mass-production currently moving along nicely, Apple is presently shooting towards a launch on the 7th.”

“On top of this, unlike with the iPad 2, Apple plans to offer pre-orders for the new iPhone,” Gurman reports. “Apple currently plans to begin pre-orders for their next-generation smartphone in the final days of September. The company has still not finalized the pre-order start date, but is debating between Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th. The 30th seems more likely at this point according to one of our sources.”

Read more in the full article here.
 

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Dan K.” and “Mike L.” for the heads up.]

17 Comments

  1. Here’s a thunk: what if the Android-friendly press, through carefully placed “leaks” about an LTE iPhone 5, builds a considerable expectation that the new phone will be LTE. Then, when it doesn’t happen (4G service penetration, battery life, etc.) it looks like Apple is way behind Android and the Droid commercials come hot and heavy with the “we have 4G and they don’t” crap. This expectations thing happens every time.

    1. Easily countered with actual facts about LTE usage.

      My parents in the heart of Davenport, Iowa were just convinced by the local Verizon store to drop their cable high-speed internet (which was flaky anyway) and switch to Verizon’s 4G hotspot. Not once in 2 weeks have they had the 4G light ever come on the device (only 3G), and it’s slllooooooowwwwww. And they live in an urban location. I already told them to take it back and either try a different unit (in case it was defective) or just get their money back.

      While Davenport’s not NY or Chicago, it’s not out in the boonies either.

      4G/LTE is all the marketing buzzword, but it’s gonna be awhile before it actually makes a difference for most of us.

      1. i recently updated my Verizon MiFi to the new unit, and can only get 3G in my area, but I noticed that it had an additional connection, which turned out to be for an antenna. On a whim I bought the antenna, and adaptor link to connect it to the MiFi, and while I haven’t yet tried to download a movie, it has made a significant difference in page loading time. Note that it is not like the AT&T “home connection” device for the phone, it’s simply an external antenna that can travel with the MiFi and, for me, makes a vast improvement on the connection strength of the unit, much like the old rabbit ears or outside antenna for broadcast TV. An extra expense, but it should be able to returned, if it doesn’t help.

      2. I live in the Quad Cities. No 4G here as far as I know. Last I heard from the enterprise Verizon rep is by end of year. ATT 3G faster than Verizon’s in this neck of the woods.

    2. That’s Scott Moritz’ modus operandi at theStreet.com. He has a history of floating fake rumors that suppress Apple’s stock. Remember the rumor he floated where he stated Apple’s goal was to sell 1M iPhones on its launch weekend back in 2007? That was Moritz.

  2. AT&T stores will be the only place it will have 4G coverage, assuming the new iPhone is 4 G enabled. AT&T is at best three years out with their LTE buildout.

    Chances are what is being installed is HSPA + which is all AT&T is building and is what they will acquire with the T-Moblile acquisition.

    Now, if the story was about LTE hardware in a Verizon store then things would be different.

    1. Come closer. Listen, I have it from a reliable source that it’s a tele porter. No really! It’s Steve’s pet project from his early days as a Trekie. Wow! That should really blow the doors off the piece of shit Android eh?

  3. I also doubt the inclusion of 4g in the iPhone 5.
    There may be networks using LTE in America, but over here in England, the specific wavelengths for LTE won’t be auctioned to any carriers until 2012, after which they’ll still need a while to get all the hardware support in place before it will be widespread.
    Not too sure where other countries stand though.

  4. We don’t have 4G in the UK yet, or most countries to be honest, so I wouldn’t bank on the next iPhone having it. The auction for the spectrum isn’t even going to be until about late 2012 let alone building the network up. Apple is more for the whole world and they don’t really change it for different markets, so if the chip is going to cost extra and not going to be used it seems a bit of a waste. The next phone I get will be 4G, it’ll be probably an iPhone but if something else good comes along then I’ll get that!

  5. AAaaannd NO. Apple doesn’t do “sexy-but-pretty-much-useless” specs. AND NOBODY BRING UP THUNDERBOLT, THAT’S DIFFERENT FOR SOME REASON I’LL THINK OF REAL SOON NOW

  6. Stupid me… I actually was happy with the speed of 3G… Why should AT&T and Verizon waste their money on improving coverage of their network when they can spend it chasing the ever elusive “fastest network” title… Cause it’s way more important to have the fastest network with holes than great network with good speed

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