Resolved LTE iPhone: what does Apple's response mean?

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  1. 62tele macrumors 6502a

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    I read the following and was puzzled: "first generation of LTE chipsets forced a lot of design compromises, and Apple was unwilling to make those compromises."
    Wat does this really mean? Why are HTC and others able to implement LTE in what are apparently nice handsets?
     
  2. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Battery plain and simple
     
  3. Eso macrumors 68000

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  5. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8H7 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Why? Would you be first saying OMFG the battery only lasts 2 hours F U applez!!!?!!!
     
  6. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000

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    They are great with their battery, they can find a way. If they wanted to. They just don't want to. They do their own thing. Like they always have. This comes without surprise. The iPhone and the 3G network is fast. 4G isn't neccessary yet it would be nice to have while it seems all other carriers android handsets etc use it. The iPhone would kill if we had it.
     
  7. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    Yes but what about the overall upgrade/migration to LTE. I mean GSM/HSDPA/3G will not always be there and I don't even know at this point if LTE is backwards compatible with GSM since GPRS and EDGE was. What if LTE runs on a completely different frequency technology as GSM and eventually LTE handsets will be forced into us.

    Apple should be more proactive and try to find ways to make the battery last while on LTE b/c the writing seems to be on the wall, LTE is the way.
     
  8. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    LTE is the way, the timing is not right. Apple could make an LTE phone, but I doubt it would hold on their battery life & design standards.
     
  9. chestvrg macrumors 65816

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    Agree, Apple likes quality not just throw in a bunch of shermans but produce good quality panzer and tigers :)

    But they better hurry up, or they could loose the war.
     
  10. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

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    can;t you just buy a LTE Mifi then use that with the iphone? problem solved.
     
  11. Harpoon Spoon macrumors regular

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    It means that Apple will find some way to make their handsets 4G compatible without compromising the form factor
     
  12. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    I smell Steve

    Classic misdirection. It's coming.
     
  13. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    In Apple speak, it means that LTE chipsets cost too much right now.

    It's the same reason why Apple left out 3G in the first iPhone: to make more profit.

    Battery life is at best, second on Apple's design list. When the first iPhone was announced, stated battery life was going to be almost half of what it ended up to be six months later, and no one cared.
     
  14. diamond.g macrumors 603

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    In fact they were praised for making the battery life better.

    Does the Qualcomm chipset they use support LTE as well? What chipset does the HTC Thunderbolt (giggle) use?
     
  15. wxman2003 Suspended

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    Not for an extra $60 a month for 5 GB, plus still having to pay $30 for a data plan. Not many people will take that route. If Apple doesnt come out with a 4G phone in 2012, they will be the last manufacturer without a 4G phone. Apple has never been one to chase, but they will be.
     
  16. vincenz macrumors 601

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    It means no LTE until 2012 at least so they can avoid those first-gen chips. There's nothing wrong with HSPA+. Though I don't know how Verizon customers would feel being left out...
     
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