iPhone 5 will support global LTE but not for all carriers, claims report

Macworld Australia Staff
10 September, 2012
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Apple’s iPhone 5 – to be announced this week – will support global 4G LTE networks, although it will not be available on every carrier, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

“Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said”, the report outlines.

The claim raises concerns for compatibility issues outside the US, as was demonstrated when Apple’s third-generation iPad failed to connect to LTE networks around the world, including Australia after launching earlier this year.

The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) took Apple to court over the furor, filing a suit against the company on March 28, claiming Apple was guilty of false advertising by branding its device as  ‘iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G’.

The ACCC argued that Apple had mislead consumers by branding the tablet as ’4G’ when no supporting network existed in Australia at the time. Apple was ordered by the Federal Court to change its marketing of the device in Australia and pay a hefty $2.25 million fine.

While global LTE-enabled support for the iPhone 5 is yet to be confirmed, The Next Web believes the Wall Street Journal’s report seems likely, given the smartphone’s rumoured components and capabilities

“The Qualcomm MDM9615 chip that, in concert with a bigger battery and more power efficient processor, will likely enable LTE on the next iPhone, is compatible with far more LTE bands than the one used in the iPad”, The Next Web writes.

One thing is for sure, following Apple’s September 12 event, all rumours about the iPhone 5 will be put to rest.


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