Rumor: LTE being installed in an Apple store?

On Monday, Internet rumors spread that Apple was testing a version of its iPhone that had support for 4G speeds via the LTE protocol. Now a new report from Engadget claims via unnamed sources that it has seen a photo of LTE equipment being installed inside an Apple store at an undisclosed location. The article originally came with the photo itself at first but Engadget has since removed the image.

According to the story, the LTE equipment was being installed by AT&T who is supposed to start launching its LTE 4G network sometime this summer, but in only in a select few cities. Verizon Wireless, which also sells the iPhone, launched its LTE network months ago and has now expanded it to cover well over 100 US cities and metropolitan areas. The same report also claims that all Apple stores in the region were the 4G support was being installed are ramping up its staffing needs by 30, percent although it's not clear as to what the reasons are.

Most industry observers don't believe that the next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, will contain support for 4G LTE speeds. However, Apple has surprised the media before with announcements and features for previous versions. The biggest question still remains: When will the iPhone 5 be released? Again industry pundits have predicted that Apple will launch the new iPhone as early as early September and as late as the last week of October. We are also still awaiting Apple's annual iPod refresh.

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Interesting timing too, Telstra here is Australia is set to switch it's first LTE sites on in large cities very shortly.

Hm... Why would you install equipment so that customers could play around with LTE if they won't have LTE once they leave the store? And if they had LTE in that area they wouldn't need to install hardware to "pretend"... This kind of reminds me of when I had AT&T and miraculously only had service in their stores...

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... Why would you install equipment so that customers could play around with LTE if they won't have LTE once they leave the store? And if they had LTE in that area they wouldn't need to install hardware to "pretend"... This kind of reminds me of when I had AT&T and miraculously only had service in their stores...

Pretty much this, same with the other LTE hardware that's going up for sale soon, you'll be stuck on 3G till LTE gets to you, or better yet IF LTE gets to you

which shows some 4G LTE equipment that was recently installed in a major Apple store -- by AT&T, according to our source. Making things somewhat more interesting is the equipment itself, one piece of which supports only the 700MHz and AWS bands -- both of which AT&T plans to use for its LTE network if the T-Mobile acquisition goes through.
AT&T wouldn't deploy anything on spectrum they don't have control over yet... unless they were sure it was a done deal.