Apple’s soon-to-land iPhone 5 will have ‘around the world’ support for 4G bands according to people familiar with the Cupertino-based giant’s plans, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports.
4G support has long been one of the oft-rumoured improvements on board the iPhone 5, expected to be officially announced this Wednesday in San Francisco. If WJS’s tipsters are to be heeded, the next-generation kit will at last work on the fastest mobile networks around the globe.
However, it may not necessarily work in all countries where 4G or some derivation of the standard is offered, the sources warned, without specifying which are likely to get the rough end of the stick.
Apple debuted its first 4G device, the new iPad, in March. However, the launch went less-than-smoothly Down Under where it was fined for misleading consumers due to the device not actually being compatible with the 4G available there.
According to Qualcomm, making a universal 4G chip is ‘impractical’, as it is a more fragmented standard than 3G, with 32 bands offered around the world compared to the latter’s 22.
Samsung, which is still reeling from its recent courtroom defeat to Apple over copycat allegations, has warned that it will sue the iGiant if it releases a 4G LTE handset, ostensibly confident of its massive parents portfolio to pursue legal action.
In the UK, 4G is still not widely available. However, Everything Everywhere, an umbrella brand that saw the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, has been recently given the country’s first 4G license and is expected to unveil its plans regarding a full-scale roll-out in a press gathering tomorrow.
Apple is expected to officially lift the curtain on the iPhone 5 this Wednesday. Stay tuned for our full coverage of the announcement.
Wall Street Journal