Apple Job Postings Hint at Future VoLTE Support in iPhones

Apple Job Postings Hint at Future VoLTE Support in iPhones

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Two new job postings on Apple's website suggest the company is working towards support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) into its iPhones. VoLTE will allow carriers to route calls over the LTE networks instead of the current circuit switching method. Routing calls over LTE gives faster connection times, and much higher voice quality. Some carriers, such as AT&T, are even branding VoLTE as HD Voice.

First spotted by Lightreading, Apple is looking for a Cellular System Protocol Engineer and Senior Baseband Audio Engineer, with both jobs listings asking for experience with VoLTE.

3+ years of hands-on experience with wireless technologies (WCDMA, CDMA, LTE, VoLTE, IMS), systems architecture, protocols, and standards is desired.

Major US Carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have all announced their VoLTE rollout plans.

Current iPhones do not support VoLTE, however chipsets in the iPhone 5s/5c/5 could support VoLTE if Apple were to release a software update to enable it. Previous reports hinted that iOS 8 would enable VoLTE for those iPhone models, but that has currently not been the case. Apple could always add features in the GM release, such as VoLTE, or even enable it when it launches the iPhone 6.

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Apple Job Postings Hint at Future VoLTE Support in iPhones

zbr - August 22, 2014 at 3:13pm
It's in the Baseband Chip in the iPhone 5 & newer with Current LTE Radios. Apple can add Voice over LTE, A.K.A. VoLTE, to the iPhone 5/5s/5c through a future iOS update with a newer Baseband update. That's also true for the iPhone 6 if it ships without VoLTE but let's hope it's ready ASAP considering they haven't even hired the people who might code that Baseband update yet.
Ren - August 22, 2014 at 12:40am
As long as it's built into iOS and not just the iPhone 6 then I am satisfied.