Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will work with the UK’s recently announced 4G LTE network, a source abreast of the Cupertino-giant’s plans has confirmed.
The shadowy tipster has told the Guardian that several major telecoms infrastructure providers, including Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks, have tested the handset using the 1800MHz band that will be used to offer the super-fast cellular standard in Blighty.
A second source has also told the newspaper that registration details for the ‘soon-to-be-launched’ Apple devices using the frequency have been spotted in a secret database maintained by telecoms body GSMA.
Meanwhile, a placeholder for an LTE iPhone has been uncovered today on the official Apple website, further corroborating rumours of the existence of 4G support on the tech giant’s latest tilt at a smartphone.
Yesterday, Everything Everywhere - the joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile - officially confirmed it would be launching ‘EE’, the UK’s first 4G carrier (and also largest overall).
The service is expected to be rolled out in a few weeks’ time, starting with London, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, followed by 12 more cities before Christmas.
Apple is due to officially unveil the iPhone 5 later today at a press gathering in San Francisco. We’ll be reporting developments as they happen, so be sure to follow us on [Twitter at @uSwitchTech](https://twitter.com/uSwitchTech].