We are still uncertain as to what name the new iPhone will go by, but we do find it intriguing that China Unicom has said that the iPhone 5 will see speeds triple for the iPhone 5. The reason for this speed bump is due to the new device using 21Mbps HSPA+ data, which as you know will put it on par with the Samsung Galaxy S II. This is a huge leap in terms of performance when compared to standard 3G speeds.
This is certainly a big deal, as to some this speed bump is almost as good as 4G LTE, so maybe this is the reason why Apple has refused to develop a full 4G iPhone? We already know that the company plans to improve 3G speeds – they need to get hold of O2 UK, as their speeds are shocking. The likes of AT&T have already started to improve speeds of HSPA+, so maybe they already knew what Apple had in store with the iPhone for some time now?
Currently the speeds available is just 7.2Mbps (again not on O2) and you will certainly notice the difference when downloading content from iTunes. This is needed, as Apple are planning to move a lot of iTunes over to in the cloud, so this speed bump is needed. Let’s hope that this is true, as this will finally put an end to owners of the S II and other such high-end phones tearing the iPhone apart – not likely to happen is it?
Electronista has made a very good point, this speed increase for data is not going to improve Verizon’s version of the iPhone, and not Sprint’s if they get the new version to. The reason for this is because those still using CDMA have not done any work to advance past EVDO Rev A. Wonder if this is a reason why Big Red is falling out of love with Apple – don’t hold us to that?