LTE-Enabled Apple iPhone 4 Expected In 2012

Posted May 18, 2011

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is unlikely going to release an LTE-enabled iPhone due in 2012. According to DigiTimes sources

Apple is likely to delay the launch of its LTE-enabled iPhones to 2012, said the sources, noting that the industry had also long been skeptical about the launch of LTE iPhones in 2011 as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured.

LTE is a next-generation data transfer network that is beyond 3G. It is often times called 4G. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are both supporting LTE as the next-generation protocol.

The DigiTimes source also added:

Production of iPhone 4S will begin in August and the earliest launch may be in September. All the 3G and CDMA chips for iPhone 4S will be supplied by Qualcomm and the rear camera will be upgraded to a 8-megapixel resolution model with OmniVision Technologies and Taiwan-based Largan Precision to supply image sensors and lens kits respectively, the sources indicated.

The iPhone 4S is expected to launch in September.