Apple is holding back the ‘iPhone 5’ moniker for a major update of its all-conquering handset next year with support for next-generation networks, an industry bod claims.
Yesterday marked the arrival of a new, fifth-generation Apple smartphone. Contrary to online rumours, the phone, dubbed the 'iPhone 4S' and not the 'iPhone 5' to reflect that it’s something of an iterative update, was not the radical rethink some had been hoping for.
However, according to Forward Concepts analyst Will Strauss, the iPhone 5 is still on its way and will arrive next year complete with support for 4G long term evolution (LTE) networks to enable super fast mobile browsing at 100+Mb and lickety-split downloads.
Strauss told Cnet: "They're saving iPhone 5 for the LTE version and that won't be out until next spring. “
It’s thought that a 4G-enabled iPhone, which would bring Apple kits in line with flagship Android phones in the US, would require a substantial redesign from its current iteration to accommodate the extra chips required under the hood.
This would partly explain why Apple has retained the look and feel of iPhone 4 for the iPhone 4S, as well as the company’s loud trumpeting of the smartphone’s HSPA+ network support which doubles the theoretical browsing speeds it offers to 14.4Mb.