Why You Want a 4G iPhone and Why the iPhone 5 Won’t Deliver

We expect that Apple will release the iPhone 5 in a few weeks, but at this point 4G LTE connectivity isn’t likely to be on board.

There are plenty of reasons to want a 4G iPhone 5, but we don’t expect Apple to include 4G LTE as a feature when Tim Cook takes the stage at Apple headquarters to announce the iPhone 5 release date on October 4th.

(READ: iOS 5 Release Date and What to Expect from iOS 5)

 

 

Why You Want 4G LTE on the iPhone 5

4G LTE Speeds graph

A 4G LTE iPhone Would Be Fast.

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The big reason we are excited about a 4G LTE iPhone is that the platform has the biggest selection of apps and services that can take advantage of 4G LTE Speeds.

4G LTE speeds on Verizon rival your home internet connection speeds, and are 10 times faster than your current iPhone 4 download speeds. We have seen speeds fo 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up — which translates into very, very fast connectivity.

One of the biggest uses is to tether your notebook or other devices to a 4G LTE device to get work done or just surf the web like you were at home.

The reason we really want an iPhone with 4G LTE is because there are a huge selection of iPhone apps that stream and allow you to download movies and TV shows. A 4G LTE connection means that you will be able to download and get started streaming faster while you are on the go.

The size of apps, which can hit 585MB to 782MB for some games, are another reason to want a 4G iPhone, but until 2012, you’ll need to depend on WiFi for fast app downloads.

Finally, iOS 5 will deliver the ability to get future iPhone software updates over the air. This means you won’t need to plug in to your computer to get software upgrades, after iOS 5. These file sizes can be 700MB or larger for major releases. With a 4G LTE connection, you could download these updates over the cellular network instead of on WiFi. You would eat through data caps fast, but for some users the tradeoff could be worth it.

Why We Don’t Expect to See a 4G iPhone 5

Possible iPhone 5 MockupSadly, for those users who want an iPhone with 4G, there are a number of reasons we don’t expect to see a 4G enabled iPhone 5.

Thankfully, Apple is working with 4G LTE engineers, so we expect that a future iPhone will have 4G.

When will the iPhone get 4G?

Apple is notorious for taking it’s time on delivering new cellular technology. The company allowed competing Android and Windows Mobile devices to have a lock on 3G speeds for a year, before the iPhone 3G was announced.

We expect that Apple is content to leave 4G LTE to Android devices until 2012, so that the networks can be built up and battery life on 4G LTE devices can be improved.

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AT&T has just launched their 4G LTE network in 5 markets, and expects to expand to 15 markets by the end of the year. Verizon currently covers 143 markets and expects to cover two-thirds of the U.S. population by the middle of 2012.

Comments

  1. Dale Strauss says

    Errrrrrrr…wrong answer…

    “The reason we really want an iPhone with 4G LTE is because there are a huge selection of iPhone apps that stream and allow you to download movies and TV shows. A 4G LTE connection means that you will be able to download and get started streaming faster while you are on the go.”

    Only if you can afford the freight. 4G will be so expensive, and so constrained (GB/$) that there won’t be an effective return for all that gorgeous media you want to download or stream. In fact, I’m sure Verizon is royallt peeved at the delay in getting a 4G iPhone – there bottom line has to be suffering. Frankly, with 4G, I don’t think you get what you paid for…it’s like watching that taxi cab meter turning over furiously every 1/4 mile.

  2. Dale Strauss says

    Errrrrrrr…wrong answer…

    “The reason we really want an iPhone with 4G LTE is because there are a huge selection of iPhone apps that stream and allow you to download movies and TV shows. A 4G LTE connection means that you will be able to download and get started streaming faster while you are on the go.”

    Only if you can afford the freight. 4G will be so expensive, and so constrained (GB/$) that there won’t be an effective return for all that gorgeous media you want to download or stream. In fact, I’m sure Verizon is royallt peeved at the delay in getting a 4G iPhone – there bottom line has to be suffering. Frankly, with 4G, I don’t think you get what you paid for…it’s like watching that taxi cab meter turning over furiously every 1/4 mile.

  3. The Great Unknown says

    Because it’s a two-year service commitment and in two years, 3G is going to feel really slow.   Also, Apple has much better hardware control which could tactically turn LTE on/off to make the user experience transparent while providing good battery life.

    And to me, HSPA+ may be enough with at least a 4″ screen for me to give the iP5 serious consideration.

  4. Anonymous says

    I don’t even have any data plan on my smartphone, because wifi is pretty much everywhere I go in town, and the rest of the time I have a nice cache of ebooks, videos and music to tide me over. 
    data plans are too expensive.

  5. Anonymous says

    I don’t even have any data plan on my smartphone, because wifi is pretty much everywhere I go in town, and the rest of the time I have a nice cache of ebooks, videos and music to tide me over. 
    data plans are too expensive.

  6. Guest says

    Despite not having 4G/LTE capability, the iSheep will line up for this iPhone. Some because they think it is 4G already, some because they will buy anything Apple sells, And some just because they don’t know any better. But not me. I will say goodbye to my iPhone 3G and switch to an LTE phone. I refuse to be locked in to a 2 year contract on a slow device just because it says Apple on it.

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