Since the iPhone 4S was released back in October the handset has proven to be a hot seller for Apple. There were a couple of new features that many consumers would have like though that included 4G support and a bigger screen. Today we have reports that Apple are preparing for a 4G LTE release of the iPhone 5 and iPad in 2012.
According to an article on AppleInsider a Japanese carrier, NTT DoCoMo is negotiating with Apple for a release of an LTE supported iPad by the summer of 2012. It is claimed that this will be followed by a new iPhone with the same technology around the autumn, which will be around a year after the iPhone 4S.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is reported to have met with executives from the carrier in the US last month, and started talks for the sale of LTE capable iPads and iPhones. There were previous reports that had claimed talks between the two companies had stalled, which was put down to the carrier wanting to install proprietary apps in the iPhone.
President and Chief Executive of NTT DoCoMo, Ryuji Yamada, stated it was a problem for the company to provide the iPhone because of commitment requirements, and the control Apple has over the iOS platform. Now though it is being reported that Yamada visited the US to meet with Cook about a possible partnership with the future LTE hardware from Apple.
There has been much speculation in the past about 4G LTE hardware coming from Apple in the future. Back in October we reported the iPhone 5 would come with 4G LTE compatibility. Current technology has been claimed to have delayed any release of the iPhone 5, but new LTE chips are coming next year that are not only smaller have lower power demands as well.