Most of the speculation surrounding Apple at the moment is when the iPhone 5 will be released or the next iPad. But there has also been reports surfacing about the company working on having LTE after images emerged of equipment that had been installed in stores. This is continuing with claims that Apple are looking to have LTE in many devices including the iPad 3.
It has been discovered by 9 to 5 Mac that carriers are testing LTE iOS in some shape or form, but Apple also has references to LTE in the iOS 5 field-test application. This may mean that the company has a number of LTE devices, which could be iPod Touches, iPads as well as iPhones.
The devices may actually be out on field tests instead of just in Apple’s development center with fully working units. Any devices would be working using the current carrier band spectrum, which run from 1.4 MHz through to 20 MHZ. There are field test application references that hint at LTE SIM cards, which will mean that the test devices are advanced enough to already support SIM cards.
If the company is testing such devices out in the field it could mean it is on iOS 5 devices, which is not only the next iPhone but the iPod Touch and maybe even the iPad 3. Being a bigger device would allow Apple to get more components into it, and have LTE without damaging battery life too much. Apple’s Tim Cook has said in the past that LTE would mean too many design changes that the company was unwilling to make.
We have already told you that Apple is reportedly getting ready to launch the next iPad early next year. The device would be ideal for the company to launch LTE as both AT&T and Verizon continue to grow their LTE networks. Another factor for the iPad 3 to have LTE is the upcoming Qualcomm MDM9615 chip. It is designed to support multiple platforms as is expected to be available towards the end of this year.
There are many potential customers of the iPhone 5 who would like it to have LTE, but may be left disappointed. Unless when Tim Cook said a while back that Apple would be going through a “major product transition” in September he meant an iPhone with LTE. Another concern for many though is battery life on an LTE device, which is a problem which has plagued some Android handsets already. But knowing Apple they may have already come up with a solution for this problem.
Are you hoping for LTE in the next iPhone?