WSJ: Apple’s iPhone 5 will feature 4G LTE

“Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said,” Jessica E. Vascellaro, Sam Schechner and Spencer E. Ante report for The Wall Street Journal.

“The technical compatibility with so-called LTE networks removes a competitive danger for Apple and gives carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple’s base of iPhone customers,” Vascellaro, Schechner and Ante report. “Wireless carriers are eager to drive more customers to those networks, which are more efficient and could spur faster growth in data revenue by making it easier for consumers to use services like streaming video… IDC data shows that only three countries in the world have significant numbers of LTE customers: the U.S., South Korea and Japan. Verizon currently has the largest LTE network in the world and the highest number of LTE subscribers, says IDC.”

Vascellaro, Schechner and Ante report, “Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone, which will also have a slightly larger screen, at a press event in San Francisco on Sept. 12.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: An increase in screen area nearly 20% (18.33%) is not a “slightly larger screen.”

39 Comments

  1. I remember back in the day when all the apple fans said they didn’t want LTE for various reasons, now they will probably change there mind because they have to agree with apple and sing how much innovation apple has made with LTE.

      1. Thanks I didn’t realise LTE had come past a first generation.
        Hopefully they will cater for Australia with our LTE radio frequency although I wouldn’t surprised if they did the same with the LTE ipad over here.

      1. You don’t have to use LTE if you don’t want to.

        With the current iPads I can enable or disable LTE service within settings.

        I personally love LTE it is very fast. I get download speeds of 50Mbps and upload speeds of 20 Mbps. It’s much faster than my high speed internet at home.

        1. The question I have is will the mobile carriers require you to have it even if you never use it. For example, I’m still grandfathered in on AT&T’s unlimited plan; if I wanted an iPhone 5 (which I don’t, I have a 4S and it works just fine, but hypothetically), would AT&T force me to change to an LTE plan even if I would never use LTE?

          1. I’m hoping I can keep my same unlimited grandfathered plan and simply not use the LTE when I upgrade. That’s really the deciding factor if I upgrade from 4S or not.

    1. That is the same twisted approach to facts and reasoning that I hear all too often in modern politics. No one is claiming that Apple “innovated” with LTE. Apple was simply prudent and waited until the networks and chipsets evolved to make it worthwhile. Sometimes Apple pushes technology (e.g., Thunderbolt I/O) and sometimes it follows at a safe distance until the time is right.

      You should take the advice of a wise historical figure and keep your mouth shut lest you continue to make it clearly evident that you are an idiot.

      And it is “their minds,” you friggin’ moron.

    2. Pissed off Troll = probably has an antiquated android phone and wants so bad to prove he was right to justify his lame purchase! good luck djent… buy the iPhone 5 or continue to waist your time in this spiraling circle of confusion and miss-truths and lies!

  2. This is the main feature? Apple could be in trouble. I’m hoping that Tim somehow sneaked a second model with a full 4″ screen and a body change through. The days of one model a year from Apple may be coming to an end. Time will tell…

    1. The article states, rather obviously, that iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE.

      I did not read anything about this being the “main feature”, nor do I believe this article is an authoritative source on the iPhone 5 features.

      In other news: the sky is not falling.

  3. Where I live, LTE is yet to arrive. 1st gen LTE drained batteries far too quickly.

    Those two factors made it LTE not a top priority. But Verizon insists they will have nationwide coverage soon, so yea, it makes sense…now.

  4. Wireless carriers are eager to drive more customers to those networks, which are more efficient and could spur faster growth in data revenue

    … since the customers will be forced to cancel their old LIFETIME “all you can eat” data plans and start paying rapacious new rates on the new LTE plans.

    US Mobile carriers – they make used car salesmen look honest.

  5. LTE will be nice to have but it’s only now starting to enter the mainstream. Fast battery drainage is certainly not worth having it for. The data plan is also of concern. I don’t even get close to using up my 4GB monthly data plan since I just don’t see the need to download and view video files when I’m on the move. But I suppose that could change once LTE becomes mainstream and is accessible virtually anywhere.

    3G is more than serviceable for most mobile usage: email, messaging, basic web browsing, GPS, using some basic cloud services and accessing storage, specific apps for search like Yelp, etc. Yes, it’d be nice to have 4G LTE for fast Wi-Fi-like speed, but just how often does the average person need it when Wi-Fi is so prevalent now?

    As an example, I can walk around the streets of downtown Seoul with my iPhone and/or iPad and find fast (typically in the 20 Mbps range) free Wi-Fi virtually anywhere. I don’t need the regular phone service or a data plan at all whenever I’m there for a few weeks at a time.

    I do realize that some people will want to stream live video feeds and things like that in the middle of nowhere, but I’m certainly not one of ’em as I’m the type who watches one movie per month on Apple TV at home and don’t watch any regular TV whatsoever. For me, LTE seems like an extravagant luxury at this point in time.

      1. I’m sure that LTE is much faster and it’d be a very good thing to have. I’m looking forward to adopting it but for checking emails, messaging, GPS, downloading Office files/PDF’s and occasional web browsing – which is about all I do until I get to a place with Wi-Fi – I can survive with 3G just fine. Also, most of China isn’t even 3G. I’m just saying that it will be quite a while before LTE becomes ubiquitous in most places around the world and that most people don’t really *need* it, especially with how fast it gobbles up data.

  6. MacDailyNews Take: An increase in screen area nearly 20% (18.33%) is not a “slightly larger screen.”

    Yes it is.

    With what will you wow me, dear Apple, dear Apple? With what will you wow me? Dear Apple, with what???

  7. Telstra will be happy to get the premium phone onto their premium network. They have the most extensive 4G network in Oz and one of the fastest anywhere. Just that their service sucks big ones. Can’t have everything, eh?

    1. Oh please don’t limit it just to Telstra, I’m sure that Optus and others will grab it up too, providing that lack of service you pointed out. It is deeply indoctrinated throughout so many aspects of Anustralian culture. That’s just one of the many reasons why you are such a valuable ally to the loud mouth yanks, you make them look so very very good.

    1. Only by your assumption, then again 10% slightly is larger and 20% is much larger then 10%.

      You look at it your way but in terms of what size the screen is now to what it may be in terms of increased visibility, 20% is much larger.

      All depends how you see it, and its extremely interesting that thoes who dislike Apple like to bring up this petty finger pointing in what they think it is, and really who cares what you think or what I think for that matter.

      Good Day

  8. the first plane was never perfect…the first car share the same fate… The first LTE device is a one minute man on battery. Apple sees better with its eyes close when others are opening theirs.

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