iPhone 5 LTE possible, success of Verizon iPhone 4 watched closely

By Daniel Chubb - Feb 27, 2011

We’ve watched most WWDC events unfold, and the start of each has become routine, sales will always play a part of that introduction and Apple blowing their own trumpet will always be the focus of the first few minutes of each press conference, so we have come to expect it.

The Verizon iPhone 4 was expected by some, and not by others but those that have come to know Apple, would have expected some sales results from either Verizon Wireless or Apple, especially after such a long wait for the Verizon iPhone? This has not been the case.

When a company sells loads of units, they shout from the rooftops, so why should the Verizon iPhone be any different? Daniel Mead, Verizon Wireless chief, has tried to counter rumors of low sales for the Verizon iPhone 4, which you can read in full here. All Verizon need to do is release the actual number of sales, will this happen? Of course it will, but the news will be history by that time.

Speculation over an iPhone 5 running LTE is increasing, and while this move is possible, it’s also complicated. Apple and analysts will watch the Verizon iPhone 4 launch closely, and success is surely vital for future plans made by Apple. If they go for cross-carrier compatibility in a single iPhone 5 model, it will need to support older networks and LTE technology, this is without other compatibility considerations.

The way forward for Apple may be to offer a different peace of hardware for each network, especially if T-Mobile and Sprint are brought into the equation, which brings more compatibility issues. The Verizon iPhone 4 path may be a good one for Apple to follow, and they have shown the willingness to change iPhone’s product line. The iPhone 5 release may follow this same route, but this all depends on what way is easier to expand the iPhone user base. Read more on iPhone 5.

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