Apple’s talks with carriers suggest next-gen iPhone to feature 4G LTE connectivity

“SK Telecom and KT are in talks to offer long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity on Apple’s next handset, tentatively named the iPhone 5, officials from the companies said Wednesday,” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times.

“The new iPhone should feature fourth-generation (4G) LTE support, which will put more of a strain on the battery than the current iPhone 4S’s third-generation (3G) capabilities,” Kim reports. “It’s widely expected that the new smartphone’s arrival will be announced on Sept. 12 and launched on Sept. 21.”

Kim reports, “The negotiations come as the nation’s three carriers are heavily promoting LTE-enabled smartphones and tablets as the 4G telecommunication technology is seeing an impressive uptake, here. That means Apple is the key either to revitalizing the local LTE market or to slow momentum.”

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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. In other Apple related news … The sun will shine in Cupertino this morning as well.

    I’m not one for believing every Apple rumor that floats by, but LTE has to be in the MUST list, not the “suggests” list!

  2. I don’t know if anyone else agrees with me, but I think 4G is useless. Even 2G/EDGE is fast – when it works. That’s the real issue; my phone sites and sits, not downloading anything. The little data spinner is going, but it can’t get a connection. The latency and connection dropping are the worst parts, and, unless 4G is going to take-care of that, I don’t care. With data caps, I don’t know why I’d want 15Mbs to my phone; you can’t do much Facetime.

    Does anyone know if 4G takes care of latency and dropped connections?

    1. I’m assuming that it’s just like 3G or 2G; it all depends on the reliability of your provider’s network in your particular area. For example: in my part of the SF Bay Area, Verizon is the most reliable. In other parts of the state, not so much.

    2. On ipad in nyc it’s blazing fast. Feels like you’re on wifi. I will be happy to have it on my phone – I hate having to pull out my iPad just to get some quick directions or quickly check email when I’d much rather do it on my phone. When I’m out of the city it’s hit or miss. Just a matter of time I guess before the phone companies catch up.
      What I really want is for apple to roll out a way to skip the phone companies all together. Probably won’t happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

      1. I get up to 55Mbps on LTE on my iPad. It’s 20Mbps minimum. It’s faster than my home high speed connection and there is potential for more speed via LTE.

        There is reason for excitement, especially if you use your phone as a hotspot.

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