iPhone 5 probably won't have LTE/4G, but..

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  1. Reach9 macrumors 68020

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    So i think we all expect that the iPhone 5 will not be LTE ready. But i'm wondering is that, would Apple allow it to have LTE capability once the network comes out?
    I understand that LTE would be the main selling point of the iPhone 6, but there are phones recently released which say "can be upgradable to LTE (when released)".

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    Apple will wait for the chipset to mature, and enabling it after sale isn't Apple's way for hardware changes. Early chips will drain more battery than the current 3G chips. This was the same deal when Apple went with EDGE as all the phones were going 3G.
     
  3. Reach9 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Well they enabled bluetooth for iPod Touch 2g via software update.
     
  5. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    There are hardly any LTE networks operational around the world. I won't expect the iPhone 6 to be LTE ready either. iPhone 7 at best.
     
  6. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    iPhone 5 probably won't have LTE/4G, but..

    will support AT&T's HSPA+ "4G" network
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. I don't think we'll see a true LTE/4G iPhone until 2012.
     
  8. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    2013. Most countries haven't even started building their LTE network.
     
  9. George Knighton macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I can tell, we're not doing so great with the HSPA+ buildout, either!

    -via iPad
     

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