Rumor: 4G LTE iPhones being tested

While Apple's iPhone has supported 3G wireless networks for some time, many people have been wondering when and if the iPhone will begin to support the newer and much faster 4G wireless networks. Now a new rumor from Boy Genius Report states it has proof that Apple is at least testing a LTE supported 4G iPhone. The report claims to have received a new test build for Apple's iOS operating system and that inside that build's firmware is evidence of LTE support.

Adding LTE wireless features to a new version of the iPhone is no big shock. Both of the phone's current wireless carriers here in the US, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, either support LTE or will in the coming months. Verizon has been the most aggressive in expanding its LTE 4G network. It has launched LTE support for over 100 US cities and metropolitan areas and has plans to keep expanding the network in the months and years to come. AT&T has announced it will launch its LTE network in a small selection of US cities later this summer and again will expand to support other cities in the coming month.

Even though Apple may in fact be testing a 4G LTE version of the iPhone, most industry observers don't expect the upcoming iPhone 5 to have support to use the faster wireless network protocol. We may have to wait until sometime in 2012 before Verizon and AT&T give its customers an iPhone that will connect to its 4G networks.

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Makes sense. Obviously they will be adding LTE, but they won't be doing it until they can at least keep battery life at current levels. With Apple one phone model has to serve a lot of people's purposes while being on the market for a couple of years.

Sacrificing battery for the appeal and benefits of 4G is something that HTC etc. can do with one phone model out of many, but Apple can't do that with their single flagship model.

Stetson said,
Makes sense. Obviously they will be adding LTE, but they won't be doing it until they can at least keep battery life at current levels. With Apple one phone model has to serve a lot of people's purposes while being on the market for a couple of years.

Sacrificing battery for the appeal and benefits of 4G is something that HTC etc. can do with one phone model out of many, but Apple can't do that with their single flagship model.

now if we could only do something like change the battery with a charged one when it drained so we can recharge the other........

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

now if we could only do something like change the battery with a charged one when it drained so we can recharge the other........

Well there is a brilliant idea. Too bad Apple is too stupid to see it your way. I love my 4G service on my Thunderbolt and I love that I have an extra battery when I'm on my phone constantly.