updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon October 11, 2010
Dual-mode world phone may be coming instead
Apple has no plans to release any form of LTE iPhone in 2011, whether for AT&T, Verizon or otherwise, a report suggests. While Verizon is widely expected to get a CDMA-based iPhone in early 2011, sources say that neither this nor the regular mid-year iPhone update will be LTE-compatible. AT&T and Verizon are each launching LTE networks in 2011, which amongst other things should allow for a single phone model to operate across both carriers.
Mid-year plans are instead claimed to involve a dual-mode GSM/CDMA device, capable of operating on any carrier in any part of the world. The first LTE iPhone would therefore be delayed until 2012, by which point LTE should be more widely accessible. The handset could also benefit from second-generation LTE chipsets, which will likely be smaller and more energy-efficient.
LTE will permit more desktop-like Internet access on mobile devices. Verizon expects to have initial network speeds of 5 to 12Mbps down, and between 2 and 5Mbps up. In theory however LTE may eventually be able to support rates in excess of 100Mbps.