Verizon Wirelss tips next-gen iPhone: We will only unveil 4G LTE-capable smartphones in 2012

“Verizon Wireless is aiming to entice more subscribers to its fourth-generation mobile broadband network by including 10 million more Americans than previously expected by year’s end and only introducing smartphones that are able to tap the faster network,” Greg Bensinger reports for Dow Jones Newswires.

“Verizon Wireless has pumped billions into building out and promoting the high-speed data network known as 4G LTE, but the carrier has drawn just 5% of its customers to the faster network, as it has struggled to convince customers to upgrade from their 3G devices, most notably Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) popular iPhone,” Bensinger reports.

“The carrier said that for the rest of 2012, it would only unveil smartphones capable of running on its 4G LTE network. The statement suggests any new iPhone this year will be 4G LTE-capable,” Bensinger reports. Verizon — the largest carrier in the U.S. by subscribers — doesn’t discuss specific future product offerings, and Apple was unavailable for an immediate comment.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Unless Apple’s not introducing a new iPhone this year or they’re dropping Verizon Wireless, neither of which seem even remotely likely, Verizon just confirmed that the next-gen iPhone will be 4G LTE-capable.

Regardless of the obviousness, now that we have 4G LTE-capable iPads as of this Friday, Steve would not be pleased.


  1. Hopefully its something redesigned with 4G. With iPhone 4S and now The New iPad, its looking like to me Apple lost its shine with new products and are running out of ideas. I doubt that is true, but just doesn’t look good. I see the numbers are very high for the preorders of the New iPad, I don’t see why. Its the same as the iPad 2 except for screen, and camera basically. Was really hoping the rumors about the haptic feedback surface was true on announcement day and hoping for Siri and those two options would have sold it for me. Now hoping to see the iPhone 5 look like the thin concepts floating around and have 4G in them and good battery life.

    1. There was a time when the auto makers thought it was important to change the design of their cars every year which led to two things: A lot of crappy designs and a lot of cars that sucked to drive, because the whole focus was on how they looked, not on how they worked.

      The reason you don’t understand why the preorders for the new iPad are so high (and why you are probably baffled by the off-the-chart sales of the iPhone 4S) is that you are apparently stuck in some prepubescent state where everything needs to be new and shiny all the time. That is simply not the Apple Way. Apple is focused on the best possible user experience, and when it has a dialed-in design – say, like the PowerBook G4 and the early Intel MacBook Pros – it sticks with it, and refines other aspects of the product.

      My suggest to you is that you become a stock analyst, because your understanding of how Apple works seems to be in the mid-range of their cluelessness.

      1. From friends and acquaintances of mine who have Androidy products, a lot of them are attracted by the ‘bells and whistles’ kind of approach they use in marketing. So higher specs, new form factors, hi-techy ads (even one with Kenau Reeves look alike in a Matrix kind of ad), attracts people who want ‘new and shiny.’
        There is definitely a market for that and fortunately Apple isn’t taking that approach. Kind of like a bunch of people sitting back and saying “OK, Apple, entertain me, my life needs some new and shiny-ness right now.”

    2. As well as the iPad is doing it has barely penetrated the available market. The newest iPad is designed less for tempting previous iPad owners to upgrade as it is to entice the public which is still holding out. For original iPad owners and the rest of non-iPad-owning public, the new iPad is fantastic, and mile ahead of any other option. The haptic screen is coming, but Apple probably still has more to do to bake it into the OS and built in Apps.

  2. Apple have pretty much moved to yearly refresh cycles, as Mountain Lion has shown. The fact that the new iPad has 4G and the same battery life indicates that iP5 will probably be slightly redesigned to take a bigger, more powerful battery, and will have 4G.
    I’m itching to get my hands on my new iPad on Friday… ヅ

    1. Hi
      I don’t think the iPhone 5 will need a bigger battery just because iPad 3 needed one. Remember the iPad went to retina display. The iPhone already has a retina display. That’s the main reason the iPad 3 has a bigger battery. I think if they increase the battery size on the new iphone it’s more in line with just trying to improve on battery performance when using device.

  3. We all knew this was coming, the New iPhone on the 4G LTE Network.
    Note: Apple likes to surprise us so they might just go back to the numbering system and call it the iPhone 4GS indicating it’s a 4G phone, you never know. ;p

  4. Don’t forget the CDMA tax. If you don’t have insurance when you damage your CDMA phone you have to go to Verizon and buy another one and if you are still in your 2 year period it will be costly when the only phone they will have is 4G LTE. With GSM all you have to do is take out the SIM card and get a phone from a relative that they have replaced or find a used one on the web and install your SIM card. My grandson has been able to do this with at least 3 phones on AT&T that he has damaged.

      1. It’s obvious Ralph has no clue what he’s talking about because you can switch any phone on any carrier no problem as long as you previously own a phone capable of going onto that carrier. Sim cards have nothing to do with that. What does have to do with it is if you buy a smartphone get the insurance that way if something DOES happen you can just get a new phone by paying your deductable.

        It’s not a CDMA Tax, you’re paying a tax on your phonebill regardless for having a phone that is capable of sending and recieving radio signals so try again.

        (I know, I’ve worked for Verizon and Sprint and have been in the industry long enough to know.)

  5. Something the article apparently decided not to mention is that 4G is still not covering a vast majority of the country, and most consumers know this. Even where 4G is supposed to be on a map, often people can’t get reception. So while Verizon has “pumped billions into building out and promoting” its 4G network, it still has a LOT of building out to do.

    Perhaps it should spend more of the billions on building out and fewer billions on promotion.

  6. Here’s what *everyone* so far on this list is forgetting.

    The 2012 iPad ships with 4G LTE capable chips that were available in quantity over two months ago. That was so Apple could finalize the design, do initial low production testing then migrate to full production and finally build up enough inventory to survive the initial onslaught of orders. This meant that the 2012 iPad has a chip based upon the prior generation design that’s been out for a while — based upon a 45 nm design. It is therefore power hungry when running in 4G LTE mode. Therefore there is the new, huge battery in the 2012 iPad.

    Apple *could* have shipped a 4G LTE capable iPhone in 2011. Apple would have had to just double the size of the battery. Apple felt that was not an acceptable compromise. Therefore: the iPhone 4S with no LTE.

    Now move to September/October 2012. The design of the 4G LTE capable chip will have to be finalized and available in June/July and shipping in testable quantities in August with full production in September at the latest. Well…. Guess What??? A next generation chip supporting 4G LTE will be available for testing in June or July. Shipping in limited quantities in July or August and shipping in volume in August or September! And this chip will be based upon a 28 nm design. It will be much, much more power efficient than the one in the 2012 iPad.

    Thus Verizon’s statement — if we assume the next generation iPhone does not ship until September or October (or worst case November) — is not unreasonable.

    Of course, things could go horribly wrong in that 4G LTE capable chip roll out, but everything (literally everything) I’m hearing on that front is that everything is on schedule and moving along very well.

    Consequently, I’d be a bit surprised if Apple does not roll out an iPhone in 2012 supporting 4G LTE.

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