4G for 5 and 3? Next iPhone and iPad to have LTE support?
Reports are circulating that Apple is planning to add support for 4G LTE in the upcoming iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, in an attempt to draw level with the offerings based on Google’s Android platform. The ceo of the company based in Cupertino, California, Tim Cook, has apparently met with the Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo’s executives for discussions relating to the release timetable for the new devices. It has been reported that the iPad 3 tablet will be launched in the market during summer next year and the iPhone 5 will follow it in autumn 2012. Apple has continued with a schedule of releasing its tablets in early spring every year in the USA with the launch of the iPad 2 this March, and the device was released in Japan six weeks later.
According to stories the next version of the iPad will also come out around March next year. Many Apple customers were left feeling let down by the missing LTE support in the latest iPhone 4S after its launch in October. Many of the smartphones based on Android which are already in the market offer 4G speeds, and many other models are coming out in the near future.
Some customers are also disappointed that they cannot yet buy a device from Apple that will provide them with 4G speeds; however this doesn’t mean that the 4S isn’t selling well without the added capabilities. In fact, the iPhone 4S has sold at a faster rate than any other iPhone while the iPad has maintained Apple’s huge lead at the top of the tablet market.
Kendrick Struthers Watson