Evidence of Apple's LTE Testing Mounts

4:40 PM But the timing might be off for an LTE iPhone in the next month or two

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

August 19, 2011

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Evidence of Apple's LTE Testing Mounts

4:40 PM -- The evidence is piling up that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and its carrier partners are working on testing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) capabilities for future iPhones or iPads.

After I reported that Apple is staffing up for LTE and Boy Genius Report uncovered LTE in an iOS test build, Forbes has now found that Apple is looking to hire LTE field test engineers. (See The iPhone's Future Is 4G and Carriers Testing Apple LTE Devices? You'd Hope So ...)

Elizabeth Woyke at Forbes reports that Apple put up ads for field test engineers versed in LTE on LinkedIn this week. Field tests usually happen in the later stages of the product curve.

I'm still not sure you should jump around like idiots in gleeful anticipation of a 4G iPhone though. Look at the timing of ads -- if Apple is hiring now, that doesn't give them a huge window for field tests if rumors of a September or October launch are correct.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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