iPhone 5 rumored to finally support LTE worldwide

The iPhone 5 will almost certainly get its official introduction on Wednesday, September 12th. The next version of Apple's iOS smartphones will certainly have a lot of new hardware features, but one that will be welcomed by Apple fans will be the introduction of LTE network support.

At least, that's what The Wall Street Journal, using unnamed sources, is reporting today. It says that not only will the iPhone 5 support the LTE networks that are in the US but also in Europe and Asia as well. It is currently unknown how many carriers overseas will be able to offer LTE support.

The last few versions of the iPhone have supported the slower 3G networks, but Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all been expanding their LTE networks in the past couple of years (although Sprint is well behind its two main rivals in this regard). It would seem that the time is finally right to introduce the next iPhone that can connect to the faster networks.

Apple launched the latest version of the iPad with LTE support in March. However, the company got into some trouble when it said the iPad had "4G" support in areas of the world that did not have the correct LTE network infrastructure. Apple was forced to pay a fine in Australia earlier this year, with the courts ruling that the company deceived its customers.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Apple

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Could someone tell me what Website that 12 with the 5 under it is on? Because unless I missed something us Paid Apple Developer Program Members are still only on Beta 4 of What will most likely be some 6 or 7 Beta's of Apple IOS 6.0 Beta! Has it ever occurs to you guys that Apple may be saying December (which equals 12) fifth (which equals 5) 2012? Just FYI.

AtriusNY said,
This is the image Apple used for their September 12 invite.
Not only are us Apple Developer Program Members still only at IOS 6.0 Beta 4, we also still are only at Xcode 4.5 Developer Preview 4, and Apple usually gives us Paid Apple Developer Program Members the Xcode Gold Master Build in Advance before any new products come out so that we can Submit our Updated Apps to the Apple IOS App Store. Trust me that there is no way at all that the IPhone 5 is coming out this week! Us Paid Apple Developer Program Members would have a fit in the Private Apple Developer Program Forums if it did! Just FYI!

Totalaero said,
This random hate on Apple is funny.

are you living under a rock? i would call all of the apple hate justified. they are digging themselves a hole.

arent LTE networks across the globe running like on every possible freq band? i guess they'll have to make different versions of the hardware?

LTE is still pointless in a lot of areas e.g UK as there is no LTE network yet, although maybe in the keynote Apple will announce that in the UK iPhone 5 LTE will be supported on the Everything Everywhere network.

The 4" screen is enough to make me upgrade to the new iPhone from the 4, looked at Samsung Galaxy S3, very nice screen but its just too big in my opinion.

x-byte said,
The sad part is people will think they was first and invented it.

Yup, like the first MacBook Airs, using Core2Duo tech when standard laptops had moved on to Core i3, i5 and i7. the fanboys' excuse was *puts on camp voice* "It's tried and tested technology!" Hahaha, enjoy your disposable non-upgradeable already out of date tech!!

Richio said,
Won't help in the UK :'(

Well Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) have been given approval by Ofcom to launch LTE this year in the UK. I'm sure O2, Vodafone and Three won't be far behind; maybe even first half of next year.

Manish said,

Well Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) have been given approval by Ofcom to launch LTE this year in the UK. I'm sure O2, Vodafone and Three won't be far behind; maybe even first half of next year.

So basically we *might* get LTE about 2 or 3 months before the new, NEW iPhone is released around this time next year?

And even if it is launched sometime in the first half of next year that still means only a couple of places will actually have any real LTE coverage until the end of 2013/start of 2014

Does anyone know why the UK have lagged behind so badly in regards to LTE?

ditoa said,

So basically we *might* get LTE about 2 or 3 months before the new, NEW iPhone is released around this time next year?

And even if it is launched sometime in the first half of next year that still means only a couple of places will actually have any real LTE coverage until the end of 2013/start of 2014

Does anyone know why the UK have lagged behind so badly in regards to LTE?

I believe ofcom have kept delayed the auction of the LTE spectrum, which means nobody can do anything

http://www.telecoms.com/47257/...ectrum-for-fourth-operator/

Everything everywhere managed to get approval to use some of the spectrum before the spectrum has even been auctioned! I guess it means we get LTE sooner, but why they had that special treatment I don't know?

http://www.theverge.com/2012/8...re-uk-4g-lte-ofcom-approval

Manish said,

Well Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) have been given approval by Ofcom to launch LTE this year in the UK. I'm sure O2, Vodafone and Three won't be far behind; maybe even first half of next year.

I know but it's still 2 or more years off from being anywhere close to half the amount of 3G locations...
The reason they're lagging behind is because of late auctions and also no provider truly wanting to take it on that much and just refining their 3G network

ditoa said,

So basically we *might* get LTE about 2 or 3 months before the new, NEW iPhone is released around this time next year?

Ofcom has granted Everything Everywhere (EE) permission to use their existing (2G) 1800MHz spectrum for LTE starting on September 11th this year. The timing may just be coincidence, but it's also possible that EE wants to have LTE services ready for the new iPhone. Other networks will be rushing to get their own LTE offerings to market once the auction for 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum is over. So, by this time next year, I'm hoping we'll see some decent 4G coverage nationally.

naap51stang said,
Don't care...screen still isn't big enough
If the screen gets bigger, so does the phone.. and I'm happy with the size it is now, it's comfortable to use and carry.

I have no interest in slowly turning phones into tablet PC's by making the screens bigger and bigger..

warwagon said,
Wouldn't it be a story if Apple didn't include LTE
It's Apple, everything they do, and everything they don't do, is a story.. for better or worse

techbeck said,

4s should of had LTE. But that is typical Apple.


Yeah, because we all know that LTE phones released a year ago all have such a great battery life... /sarcasm

korupt_one said,
isn't the nokia 920 supporting all networks in one phone?? I might have misunderstood and correct me if im wrong please.

They didn't specifically mention it

It has long stopped being surprising when word comes out of China that Foxconn is abusing their workers again. The tech manufacturing giant, who makes products for Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft and a host of other big electronics names, has a pretty atrocious human rights record. While things have been looking better recently, yesterday brought word that Foxconn is up to their usual nonsense again.

The most important detail in all of this will be how Apple will support LTE worldwide. If they manage to do this with one SKU it could possibly be the first phone with a purely software radio. Which would be pretty impressive and could lead to some great stuff for all of us.

Frazell Thomas said,
The most important detail in all of this will be how Apple will support LTE worldwide. If they manage to do this with one SKU it could possibly be the first phone with a purely software radio. Which would be pretty impressive and could lead to some great stuff for all of us.

Unfortunately, this is how many people here will read this news: Apple. LTE. (Brain processing) Android has LTE already. (Brain processing) Apple is late and only catching up. (Brain processing) Apple s*cks.

Many will be completely oblivious to the important detail: it's worldwide LTE.

People will probably hate me for this, but I know a bunch will have gone through a similar thought processing, even though it's caricatural.

einsteinbqat said,

Unfortunately, this is how many people here will read this news: Apple. LTE. (Brain processing) Android has LTE already. (Brain processing) Apple is late and only catching up. (Brain processing) Apple s*cks.

Many will be completely oblivious to the important detail: it's worldwide LTE.

People will probably hate me for this, but I know a bunch will have gone through a similar thought processing, even though it's caricatural.

Most people equate LTE with faster. In this case Apple marketing will be riding on that idea = giving idea that you will be getting somethings which you wont. Its still a deception.

And this is how the law will see it, Samsung has 814 patents for LTE and Apple has a staggering 434 patents.. Do the math? GG

einsteinbqat said,

Unfortunately, this is how many people here will read this news: Apple. LTE. (Brain processing) Android has LTE already. (Brain processing) Apple is late and only catching up. (Brain processing) Apple s*cks.

Many will be completely oblivious to the important detail: it's worldwide LTE.

People will probably hate me for this, but I know a bunch will have gone through a similar thought processing, even though it's caricatural.

Atari.2600 said,
And this is how the law will see it, Samsung has 814 patents for LTE and Apple has a staggering 434 patents.. Do the math? GG

FRAND issue. It does not mean that either will not find a way to sue each other, but it's still a FRAND issue. So they better have a very good point before suing.

As for what I wrote, if you keep reading the comments below, you will see that I proved my point.

worst case scenario that apple gets fined a billion dollars...wouldn't be a problem simply because they'd probably make that from the first month's phone sales itself.

Arpit said,
worst case scenario that apple gets fined a billion dollars...wouldn't be a problem simply because they'd probably make that from the first month's phone sales itself.

That's not the worst case. The worst case is the iPhone5 being banned in multiple countries. Now that's a proposition that even Apple can't afford.

trip21 said,
Welcome to catchup duty Apple. Now how to spin the story to make it look otherwise?

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trip21 said,
Welcome to catchup duty Apple. Now how to spin the story to make it look otherwise?

As wel all know it's a race against the clock and there's tremendous pressure to support LTE even though most countries don't even have the network operational yet…

trip21 said,
Welcome to catchup duty Apple. Now how to spin the story to make it look otherwise?

Battery life.

When the 4S came out LTE was way inefficient, and all LTE phones at the time had pathetic battery life. Things have massively improved since then, so now it's time.

trip21 said,
Welcome to catchup duty Apple. Now how to spin the story to make it look otherwise?

Catch up? Lets see how Apple will spin the story... Oh I know

4G/LTE done properly.

Instead of it being a tick in a box on a specs sheet so you can feel superior to your friends (aka Android phones). One that eats your battery I might add. The next iPhone will be a 4G/LTE global device, one with decent battery.

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it son. Breath it in deep. Now exhale.

JessJess said,

Catch up? Lets see how Apple will spin the story... Oh I know

4G/LTE done properly.

Instead of it being a tick in a box on a specs sheet so you can feel superior to your friends (aka Android phones). One that eats your battery I might add. The next iPhone will be a 4G/LTE global device, one with decent battery.

So stick that in your pipe and smoke it son. Breath it in deep. Now exhale.

Exact reasoning why apple fanboys are complete idiots. Theyll be buying other ppls LTE tech which is used in android. Apple battery life is crap anyways, specially once u try to multitask or actually use the phone.

Youre exactly why Apple is so popular among Dumb north americans where education is so poor.

Haha, Jess, you took the words out of my mouth. At least you're the one taking the flaming for being an Apple "troll"

Anyone with sense buys a Japanese or Korean product, and not one designed by stupid Americans with enough time on their hands to constantly sue the competition out of business using patents, not just the competition but the Korean and Japanese people that actually MAKE the stuff that goes in their overpriced fanboy toys!

This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.

omganinja said,
This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.

You are a ****ing idiot. Do you know the first thing about law? Obviously not. Apple buys LTE chips from Qualcomm. It Samsung's patents aren't licensed properly, it is Qualcomm who Samsung will have to sue.

omganinja said,
This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.
And lose.
As long as Apple approached them about licensing LTE ( which they would have, cause Apple isn't stupid ), if Samsung refused, or offered outrageous terms, then they will lose big time.

It's the price they pay for getting their patents accepted as a standard, is that they are required to license it at a reasonable price..

It's also not hard to believe that Samsung either refused or offered unfair terms, they are being investigated, and/or sued in Europe and the US for it already over their handing of Standards patents.. and not by Apple.

omganinja said,
This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.

Samsung copied something and they paid for it get over it folks. It is actually good for consumers, they can have variety of interface options not just iPhone and iPhone's copies. knock it off

Ryoken said,
And lose.
As long as Apple approached them about licensing LTE ( which they would have, cause Apple isn't stupid ), if Samsung refused, or offered outrageous terms, then they will lose big time..

And Apple would complain about unfair terms. Yet, it is fair for them to ask Samsung for 30-40 per device sold.

Hope Samsung just lets this go but knowing how things happen these days, I am sure they will find some reason to sue Apple over LTE.

techbeck said,

And Apple would complain about unfair terms. Yet, it is fair for them to ask Samsung for 30-40 per device sold.

Hope Samsung just lets this go but knowing how things happen these days, I am sure they will find some reason to sue Apple over LTE.

Apple's patents in question aren't standards, they can ask whatever they want, or simply refuse to license them at all.

Apple does in fact license lots of standards patents to other companies.. for example anything that uses H264.

Ryoken said,
Apple's patents in question aren't standards, they can ask whatever they want, or simply refuse to license them at all.

Apple does in fact license lots of standards patents to other companies.. for example anything that uses H264.

Shall see what Samsung sues over. I am sure they have something planned.

techbeck said,

Shall see what Samsung sues over. I am sure they have something planned.

Their past plans haven't worked out so well.. For example they sued Apple in South Korea, manage to get some Apple stuff banned, also managed to get a bunch of their own stuff banned too lol

Ryoken said,
Apple does in fact license lots of standards patents to other companies.. for example anything that uses H264.

And by "Apple," you really meant "Google/Motorola" which are the ones holding several patents and are trolling Microsoft with them.

omganinja said,
This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.

Your funny, if Samsung sue it'll no doubt be thrown out of court. They never sued over LTE in the iPad 3, so doing it now would be very suspicious to be honest. Anyway, I don't care about LTE because it's still a major battery hog and unless Apple have made some advancements in the batteries used for the iPhone 5, then your still not going to get stellar battery life when using LTE. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Everything is done for a reason... Samsung has waited for the iphone 5 to be released for the most dramatic result! To put samsung in #1 spot!

Xerxes said,

Your funny, if Samsung sue it'll no doubt be thrown out of court. They never sued over LTE in the iPad 3, so doing it now would be very suspicious to be honest. Anyway, I don't care about LTE because it's still a major battery hog and unless Apple have made some advancements in the batteries used for the iPhone 5, then your still not going to get stellar battery life when using LTE. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

omganinja said,
This is awesome news, not because I want a 4G iPhone (or any iPhone) but because Samsung will sue the **** out of apple for this.

I hope you didn't get butthurt when Apple sued to protect thier stuff and are now cheering for Samsung to sue to protect its stuff. That would be a bit hypocritical...