There was a lot of disappointment following Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 4S that there wasn’t an all new device. There are reports now that the iPhone 5 no show is being blamed on the current LTE technology.
Analysts are claiming that Apple is holding back the iPhone 5 until LTE chips reduce in size. Will Strauss of Forward Concepts thinks this is the main reason Apple didn’t reveal an all new device. Electronista are reporting that other current LTE devices use an LTE chip as well as a 3G chip for voice functions. This would make it impossible to fit in the device.
This is a view that is shared by Anand Shimpi, who said the printed circuit board found in the iPhone 4 is already compact without having enough room for LTE. The only way it could be achieved is by making the battery smaller or the phone thicker.
Tim Cook back in April said the “first generation of LTE chipsets force a lot of design compromises.” It is thought that LTE technology that could be suitable for Apple may be ready during the second quarter of 2012. The Qualcomm MDM9615 is going to use a smaller manufacturing process, and besides being better for battery life it can handle LTE data and voice simultaneously.
This availability could mean an all new iPhone 5 being available around the same time Apple normally unveils its new iPhone. The current upgrade with the iPhone 4S is a similar situation we had with the company and the release of the iPhone 3GS. An upgraded model that was then replaced by an all new version with the iPhone 4.
Do you think we could see an LTE iPhone 5 next summer?
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