Apple is Testing LTE With iOS 5

Posted August 21, 2011 at 11:05pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9630 views

A property list (plist) file for LTE has been found in several developer builds of iOS 5, reports MacRumors.

This same file was found by BGR last week in an 'internal iOS test build' provided to carriers for testing.

We've since discovered the same LTE plist file in at least the last couple of developer builds of iOS 5. This LTE.plist file was found only in some of the builds (GSM iPhone 4, CDMA iPad 2, but not their counterparts) and it was related to Apple's internal "Fieldtest" application. It raises the question whether or not the "internal iOS test build" was anything special or if it just mirrored the general developer release.

Rumors that Apple might actually have LTE ready for the iPhone 5 were reignited last week when Engadget posted a picture of LTE equipment that was recently installed in an Apple Store.

Apple has said that "the first generation of LTE chip-sets force a lot of design compromises with the handset, and some of those we are just not willing to make". Thus it would seem that the only hope for an LTE iPhone 5 is if Qualcomm was able to accelerate production of its second generation chipset.

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Kolbuc - August 22, 2011 at 7:44am
It obvious it's going to have 4G LTE support. I agree that's why it is delayed. I predict it'll be a previously unreleased 2nd Gen LTE chipset with full data/voice simultaneous support and better battery life
iPorwin - August 22, 2011 at 4:34am
LTE is only reason why it took so long to launch new iPhone.
Chris D - August 22, 2011 at 12:29am
I really dont believe that apple will be making an LTE phone yet?
Sharpshooter - August 22, 2011 at 4:35am
One of the major compaints for iphone users right now its 3g speed, how come my friend on metro-pcs can surf and watch videos faster on his $100 phone than anyone else with an iphone. For which we pay a minimum of $90 a month. They need to update ASAP
Solution - August 22, 2011 at 4:02pm
It depends on location. I'm watching Netflix over 3G sometimes with no problems. Does MetroPCS has their own equipment or they rent from providers like Verizon, Sprint? And your friend can't use Internet while on call with somebody right? :-) Welcome to CDMA world! Yes, I had dropped calls on AT&T long time ago, probably when they were upgrading their equipment and that was it. Yes, in some areas I have weak signal, so do Verizon and any other provider. AT&T is still upgrading their network for 4G LTE devices so we'll see.
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