The LTE iPhone
Sounds good. I can see one slight hitch, however: It is not clear to me that the chip technology will be there for Apple to introduce a really sleek design for the proto-4G technology.
Here's why: LTE chips for phones will start sampling later this year. Initial designs will have a separate modem and silicon baseband, making them large and power-hungry. It typically takes about 18 months to design and launch phones around a new technology. (See LTE Phones Will Lag Behind Networks .)
Even assuming that there are no chip delays, a 2011 release date puts Apple right on the leading edge of LTE smartphone introductions. This seems unlikely to me: Apple could have easily gone 3G with the original iPhone but chose the older EDGE standard while rethinking the phone interface instead. I suspect that Apple will wait until LTE is little more established as a wireless broadband technology.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung