The change of what most people know as the “norm” for the expected Apple iPhone 5 release date has signaled some tweaks that Apple are making to their business plan, and this has some users ranting over what it means to them. Take iPhone 3G users that were waiting to the iPhone 5 for an upgrade, these people have to wait much longer now and that’s without any real confirmation that a new iPhone will be here in 2011. These people have a device that was first released 3-years ago, and the 5th generation iPhone would have been a welcomed upgrade this month. These users are expected to be some of the first to line-up at stores or try and order online the moment this opportunity presents itself.
The specs on iPhone 5 or a minor model such as iPhone 4S, as its known, will be important to some users. The idea of having a Verizon iPhone 5 with 4G LTE is a must for those that either want the Verizon Wireless network, or are ready to move to it. This could not be further away from the minds of other upgraders, those that have an old phone would be happy with any of the latest technologies and would not need to be LTE, although this is also a pointless feature for millions of people outside of the United States and in rural areas.
On a recent trip to London it amazed us to find dead spots for 3G on our iPhone 4, this is the most populated place in the UK and their networks cannot get enough coverage for 3G let alone 4G technology. While other countries in Europe already have 4G, the UK is many months behind, and the auction for 4G is still to take place in 2012. This brings us to a prediction for the next iPhone; there will be an altered iPhone 5 that will lead to a varied release for different parts of the world. You can expect the iPhone 5 or 6 at the very latest to support Verizon’s 4G / LTE technology, although networks such as O2 in the UK with be dissimilar. The UK user will need an iPhone that doesn’t support 4G thanks to that technology not being available and even in 2012, 4G will be extremely limited in the UK.
Other worries from iPhone users include the possibility of the next iPhone having battery life not up to their expectations, especially if it has battery-draining 4G included. Although there is likely to be an option to turn 4G off, which will mean those in the U.S. could have this supported but not turned on. Then there is the idea of a “fat” iPhone thanks to the need for a larger battery for 4G, again something nobody wants. More worryingly is the rumors that Apple may be feeling pressure to jump on the 4G bandwagon in the next iPhone, and this is in part due to Sprint, Verizon, AT&T / T-Mobile all thinking that got what the consumer needs.
Would Apple really be happy to wait another year for an LTE iPhone? Taking note that 4G phones are being released by many of its competitors, and the carriers are pushing the idea of faster speeds with 4G. Could this really be the real reason behind an iPhone delay for the first time since the original launch?