In roughly a month’s time Apple will be holding a keynote where they could reveal the 5th generation iPhone, today we will look at whether a 3G iPhone 5 release is acceptable and whether no 4G connectivity would be a dealbreaker for you.
Earlier this year Apple released the iPad 2, many thought that the Verizon models would feature 4G LTE connectivity, however when it arrived it was 3G, could this mean that this year’s iPhone will not feature 4G connectivity either?
With so many 4G smartphones emerging we think that the Apple’s next smartphone needs a high-speed data connection, obviously AT&T’s 4G network is not yet available, however back in December 2010 Verizon’s LTE network launched, also in mid-2010 Sprint’s 4G network went live, surely Apple will offer a model which will connect to one of these networks.
Following the Verizon iPhone 4 release it looks like this would be the carrier of choice, but there is a remote possibility that the iPhone release next month (which may not show up at all) will be an AT&T exclusive, this potentially means that the first available iPhone 5 smartphones will only connect to AT&T’s 3G network, which would mean that in terms of connection speed the iPhone 5 will be way behind lots of competitive devices.
There are two possibilities which could rescue the iPhone 5 release, perhaps the Apple keynote will reveal the iPhone 5 and the date which AT&T’s long awaited 4G network goes live (which it will be able to connect to), or perhaps they keynote will reveal that the iPhone 5 is coming to a carrier which already has a 4G network live (Verizon or Sprint).
We have previously seen smartphone manufacturers delay their smartphone releases due to the fact that 4G connectivity is not great for battery life, will Apple be able to overcome this hurdle and deliver a next-gen device which features sufficient battery life despite offering 4G speeds? One thing is for sure, Apple does not take battery life lightly, this is evident in the banner for their iPad 2 (here) and also part of the reason why they have snubbed Adobe Flash.
Below we have set up a poll, please answer the question and share your thoughts in the comments section.