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Apple willing to start work on LTE iPhone at 'early date'

updated 11:25 am EST, Fri March 4, 2011

No LTE model likely until at least 2012

Apple CEO Steve Jobs "has expressed his interest in an LTE iPhone and is willing to start the development at an early date," claims China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou. The comment was made outside of a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meeting in Beijing. China Mobile recently won government approval to start large-scale testing of TD-LTE, specifically in Shanghai, Hangzhou and four other cities.

If development of an LTE iPhone is in an early stage or yet to begin, it is unlikely to arrive in 2011, as Apple traditionally releases major iPhone revisions in June or July. Jianzhou's statement does suggest, however, that an a device could arrive in 2012. By that point more LTE networks will be active worldwide, including the crucial addition of AT&T in the US.

Verizon has been running an American LTE service since December, and should continue to expand it over time. In November, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg indicated that Apple was already interested in the technology. The first Verizon iPhone launched without LTE though, as Verizon wanted the product as soon as possible, and LTE would have allegedly required major design changes.


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  1. testudo

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    huh?

    What's an 'early date'? Since LTE is already here, wouldn't you think they'd be working on it already? Heck, many people were surprised to dejected that the iPhone 4 didn't include it, and it will be of greater surprise if it isn't in the iPhone 5.

  1. testudo

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    Re: huh

    You know thats not exactly true, testudo. I'm pretty sure you know how Apple acts by now. And they're not going to adopt 4G until the chips, designs, and expanded network is there. Same with 3G.

    But I thought Apple was all about innovation and looking forward. Thus the reason they jumped into the mini-displayport and now Thunderfoot. There are NO Thunderbolt anything available, but Apple has a computer that will push it to the foreground.

    Apple doesn't wait for markets, Apple makes markets!

  1. Chud73

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    Testudo......

    What has everyone over at Apple holding their breath is: Can Verizon's lawyers find away around the 4G LTE "open access" requirement that Google got the FCC put on anyone winning the 700 mhz C Block. The true winner was Google, who everyone thought was a butt of a joke to even trying. What they really did was put pressure on the company that won to have at least have that one little rule put in. That is REALLY the reason you see Job stating "expressing his interest in an LTE iPhone...Well, how much is it going to cost us to exclude Verizon from the iPhone "5" because of this stupid rule and oh by the way Verizon GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND GET THAT RULE OVER TURNED!! So, I can get this phone to you!!""

    --In November, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg indicated that Apple was already interested in the technology. The first Verizon iPhone launched without LTE though, as Verizon wanted the product as soon as possible, and LTE would have allegedly required major design changes.----

    Should I point out to the author of this article: This is the the number 1 REASON that LTE iPhone was not first introduced to Verizon because of that little "rule"?

  1. Chud73

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    And....

    As Apple comment about making the market...Well, they will have to sit back and see what Verizon's Lawyers can do. Until then they can design the phone, prototype, test it, and build couple for the Company. But there is not way around it unless Verizon either gets a Judge to order a injunction stopping the FCC from enforcing the rule while it sues, and/or has Congress rewrites the rules for C-Block...


    Until that is done, I believe my fingers are going to get numb from twiddling them.

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