The iPhone's Future Is 4G
What is clear that 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a big part of Apple's future. Never mind whether it arrives in the iPhone 5 or not. (See What'll Be Inside iPhone 5?)
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is currently advertising 11 positions in the U.S., Europe and China that specifically call for knowledge or experience of LTE, alongside multiple 3G standards. In fact, the position for an iOS Data Architect calls for someone to "lead the design and definition of wireless data networking architecture on iOS platforms for iPhone and iPad" for both "3G and 4G cellular technologies."
It also appears that Apple could be looking at supporting more 4G flavors than standard-issue LTE for AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless . The ad for an RF Architect Technologist calls for someone to "lead future RF [radio] Architecture cellular chipsets and technologies into iPhone roadmap and products" and asks for the ability to learn about HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE and WiMax.
That doesn't necessarily mean Apple is specifically looking to develop a WiMax phone or iPad, of course. It does suggest that the company knows the future is multi-modal and that it may need WiMax capabilities as well as LTE and 3G to support the types of networks that are evolving in emerging markets -- and in the U.S., with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) planning to support LTE, CDMA and WiMax across its network. (See Sprint Ready to Leapfrog to Multi-Mode.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile