Let’s face it, if there’s one rumor – among all the dross that’s been flying off the rumor mill this year – that stands on its own as being virtually guaranteed, it’s that the iPhone 5 will feature an LTE chipset. The new iPad launched earlier this year hosting the 4G capable circuitry, except it was only compatible with North American bandwidths.
The latest comes from the Korea Times, which reports:
SK Telecom and KT are in talks to offer long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity on Apple’s next handset, tentatively named the iPhone 5, officials from the companies said Wednesday. [...]
The new iPhone should feature fourth-generation (4G) LTE support, which will put more of a strain on the battery than the current iPhone 4S’s third-generation (3G) capabilities. It’s widely expected that the new smartphone’s arrival will be announced on Sept. 12 and launched on Sept. 21.
Although it’s not surprising that the 6th generation is likely to be equipped with 4G components, it’s interesting to hear that the bandwidths could be much more international friendly. Great news for those countries that already have it set up. Unlike the UK, where squabbling over spectrum will seemingly ensure that we don’t get any 4G flavor until everyone’s riding on hoverboards.