Apple may push back the launch of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) equipped iPhone, possibly until next year, inside sources have claimed.
LTE, more precisely LTE Advanced, is a fourth-generation mobile communication standard that succeeds current-generation 3G technology. Although several mobile makers have already launched LTE compatible handsets, Apple has yet to take the plunge as it is reportedly unhappy with having to make certain design concessions that are required to make room for the first generation of LTE chips.
According to Digitimes sources, Apple "is likely to delay the launch of its LTE-enabled iPhones to 2011,” adding that "the industry had also long been sceptical about the launch of LTE iPhones in 2011 as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured".
If true, it might be another indication why Apple may decide to delay the release of its fifth-generation iPhone. The rumour mill has been working overtime lately with the recent claim that the hotly awaited kit may not arrive until November.
That now seems unlikely if rumours of Cupertino’s plans to release an enhanced version of the current iPhone, the so-called iPhone 4S, in September are to be believed. If you ask us, we wouldn’t count on seeing an iPhone 5 at all until next summer.
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