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Here Comes the 4G iPhone

7:15 AM -- The wait may soon be over for one of the most eagerly anticipated gadget debuts of the year, as Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is reportedly set to announce its newest iPhone at an event on Sept. 12, reports Bloomberg.

The new device, set to be Apple's first 4G smartphone, will reportedly have Long Term Evolution (LTE) support and sport a new design (thinner body, larger screen).

First reported by the blog iMore, the event will also stage the launch of an iPad mini.

This product launch is more important than usual for Apple. When it comes to 4G, Apple is playing catch-up with various Android devices that already have LTE support. The expectation for this newest iPhone was, it is widely believed, partly to blame for the slowdown in Apple's sales in the quarter ending June 30. (See Apple Misses Wall St's Q3 Expectations .)

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— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:25:25 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

So whenever Apple finally does unveil an LTE iPhone, will it support only the 4G networks in North America (like the 4G iPad)? or will it have support for LTE bands in other countires like Korea and Japan?

Net Worthy 12/5/2012 | 5:25:23 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

I don't know what Apple is going to unveil but there are over 20 different frequency bands planned or in use for LTE. GSM radios only need 4 bands to cover the world, and a 5- or 6-band UMTS radio will work everywhere. It may be a while before we see "world radios" for LTE.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:25:23 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

Well, Qualcomm made it clear its chips weren't the reason Apple was waiting on LTE, so I know it could support global LTE roaming. It'll come down to a business decision of whether it wants to though.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:25:19 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

It probably still makes more sense to make separate international models for LTE. I also wonder if Sprint could get shut out in the US as its working on 1900MHz for LTE right now.

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:25:17 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

In the UK, there are 4 potential bands where LTE could be deployed - eventually -- in 800MHz, 2600MHz, 1800MHz and possibly even 900MHz spectrum. And that's just one market. Plus, add in the 5 bands for GSM and 5 or 6 bands for UMTS that you mentioned, and that's a lot of frequencies to support in a small device.

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:25:17 PM
re: Here Comes the 4G iPhone

I think you're right about separate models for different markets. There are so many LTE frequency bands that it's too much to cram into one device right now.

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