Only yesterday we brought you the news that Apple is reported to be holding their press event to reveal the next iPhone on its own campus. This could be because its usual venue that is used for its WWDC event in June is booked up, but could Apple be about to showcase a LTE iPhone 5?
The event is thought to be taking place next week on October 4th, and according to SlashGear the company could be about to demonstrate its new 4G smartphone. The company may have been planning all along to reveal what would be a new feature for its flagship device on its headquarters.
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Apple has a massive wireless testing capability at its Cupertino headquarters, and has considered using the technology before in the CDMA version of the iPhone 4. In the end Apple decided against it mainly down to the size of the 4G radios it would have to squeeze inside the device.
During the summer there were reports of Apple installing LTE equipment into its retail stores for various rumored purposes. We have already had reports that the new iPhone will be a dual mode device supporting both CDMA and GSM carriers. Qualcomm’s MDM9600 chip supports GSM, HSPA+, EVDO Rev.A and LTE, so this may be what is found in the iPhone 5.
Another reason why Apple could be holding the event at its home base is that AT&Ts LTE network doesn’t cover San Francisco presently. This would mean that Apple would need to install suitable equipment inside a venue in the city. Although this is only speculation there is a chance it could happen, and a lot of our readers have said they hope the iPhone 5 supports LTE so fingers crossed.
Are you hoping the iPhone 5 has LTE?