Apple has seen other smartphone makers pushing the LTE ability as something they don’t have for a while now, iPhone 5 will change all this thanks to it widely expected to include LTE and today we hear it could be on a global level with support for networks worldwide. Considering the iPhone 5 is an international phone it’s pretty obvious really, although we’re sure Samsung will attempt to slow sales with their patents but we’d expect this not to work with the iPhone 5 considering similar attempts have been admonished before under FRAND conditions.
LTE is one of the most wanted iPhone 5 features thanks to this giving the next phone the ability to stream video at a much higher data rate, which would also stop other smartphone makers selling their devices on this feature alone. If the iPhone 5 gave LTE a miss, highly unlikely following iPad 3’s support, then we could see a number of users jump to an Android device.
You can expect the support for LTE to not reach all carriers around the world, and sources explain that while this is the case, it is not sure what networks will be left out in different countries. LTE technology is complicated and this fragmentation makes it hard for phones to work with multiple networks worldwide.
3G had been an easier standard to get worldwide support from with various phones, which is thanks to there being 50% more LTE bands around the world when compared to 3G bands. Apple has billions in the bank and the technical issue with creating a chip that supports most LTE bands could be something they cracked over the last year, and if so it would give the iPhone 5 a significant advantage for continued global domination. You can read more about NFC and the iPhone 5 from the insider sources in this article.
The iPad 3 included LTE and the chip inside that device had been limited when it comes to LTE bands, which meant a focus on AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States, and just a couple of carriers in Canada. Europe has even more limitations thanks to LTE just starting out in the majority of countries.
Apple should be revealing the iPhone 5 on Wednesday next week, and the features shown at that event will dictate how many Android users, Apple’s biggest competitor, they gain over the next year. The latest insider sources point to defiant LTE inclusion, but the really interesting story will be what Samsung does after the iPhone 5 announcement.
In our opinion Apple couldn’t roll out LTE/4G at a better time thanks to the uptake in Europe just starting, although we’d love to know if LTE is one of your crucial iPhone 5 features and how far up your list it lies?