The next generation iPhone, which won't be named or shown off until June of next year, won't support 4G. According to sources close to the company and Techcrunch.com, Apple will continue to use the 3G chipset in their next model of the iPhone.
Many were hoping that the next iPhone will support 4G or even LTE, but early signs show that Apple will be taking the safe road, rather than using new, bulky and power-hungry technology in the next iPhone. This means Apple could focus on building a faster, energy-efficient phone, rather than take criticism for a device that has poor battery life.
What is even more surprising is that Apple will be producing a CDMA iPhone by years end that also won't support LTE. Not only that, but sources say that next June when Apple announces the next iPhone, those also won't support LTE. This means that Apple won't support the LTE standard until some time in 2012.
There are already 4G phones in the United States, but they are Android-powered smartphones on Sprint's WiMax network. If that isn't enough, there will be dual-mode LTE-powered Android phones early next year.
As mentioned by Techcrunch, Apple will unveil a 3G GSM and CDMA iPhone next year, which operates on any carrier around the world. This could show why there are traces of CDMA found within the iPhone's operating system. We can still hope that the iPhone comes to Verizon later this year.