Will the iPhone 5 Support 4G LTE?
Reasons Why We’ll Only See an LTE iPhone in 2012
With Verizon expanding its LTE network and AT&T launching their LTE service this year, many iPhone users are hoping that the iPhone 5 will offer LTE capabilities. There were even leaked AT&T documents that hinted to an LTE iPhone 5, but other than that, there is no reason to think that we will see an LTE device this year.
Why? First of all, there isn’t enough 4G coverage in the U. S., at the moment. Both AT&T and Verizon are 1 year away from offering maximum LTE coverage, so it would make sense for Apple to wait until 2012 to release an iPhone with LTE capabilities; this way, all iPhone users will be able to take advantage of everything 4G has to offer.
Second of all, and this is no secret, smartphone users are complaining about the battery life while on 4G. Until the battery issue is resolved, it is very unlikely that Apple will adopt this technology that will cause iPhone users to be unhappy.
Also, we heard plenty of rumors about a slimmer iPhone 5. If Apple is getting ready to launch a thinner phone, then the extra chip set that is currently required by 4G will not be able to fit inside the case. Qualcomm is expected to produce a single chip LTE in the third or fourth quarter of 2012, and this will allow LTE smartphones to have a slimmer, elegant design. The single chip will be used by Apple’s 6th generation iPhone, but not by iPhone 5.
Of course, all these are just speculations, since Apple is being so secretive about its new handset. The latest rumors are saying that the fifth generation iPhone will be announced in the first week of September, at Apple’s iPod event. If this is true, then we can expect the new iPhone 5 to be released in October.
Apple Boosts iPhone 5 Orders for the Fourth Quarter of 2011
Apparently, Apple is lowering the number of orders for iPhone 4, iPhone 4 CDMA and iPhone 3GS units from 20 million in the third quarter to 8 million for the fourth quarter. This can indicate that, indeed, Apple is getting ready to introduce a new iPhone in the fourth quarter of 2011. This report comes from sources inside Apple’s supply chain in Taiwan. The same sources claim that Apple has decreased the number of orders for iPhone 5 for the third quarter to about 6 million units, down from 7 million, but has increased the fourth quarter orders to 20 million units. This raise in the number of orders may indicate that Apple is very confident that their new mobile device is going to be a hit, and the company is probably expecting the gadget to sell remarkably well during the holiday season.
The overall number of iPhones orders in the second half of 2011 has increased also, from 50 million to 56 million units, and, according to the Taiwanese sources, out of the 56 million orders, 26 million are for iPhone 5.