We all know now that the iPhone 4S is a world phone, but there are no upgrades to speeds for CDMA users, and Apple made it clear that HSPDA+ will for now keep up with LTE speeds in the keynote. There may not be a LTE iPhone until AT&T
sees a significant upgrade to their pop counts for LTE coverage and as we can see AT&T seems poised to milk HSPDA+ for as long as possible. Will this cause a rift between Verizon Wireless and Apple or is there an iPhone 5 in the works despite AT&T's coverage gaps. Users upgrading from a 3GS will get a lot of value especially if they reside on AT&T's network.< !> CDMA iPhone 4 users may wish to just stick with what they have for a few months until we see what the rumor mill can shake loose.
If you’re still on the fence about upgrading your iPhone it may be for good reason. Many Verizon customers wanted a LTE enabled iPhone which many of the Android phones already have as a service, although with poor battery life. The iPhone 5 may be a LTE model, but it’s anyone’s guess when that comes out. I believe that the iPhone 5 will be just a radio refresh to include LTE sometime early next year. This would be done to avoid the backlash of the 2G to 3G conversion Apple made in a few months after the iPhone 2G was released.
If you own a iPhone 3G or a 3GS, then it’s a good move to upgrade, IOS 5 will bring some new features, but performance always lags on full version upgrades. If you have a iPhone 4 and it works great for you already, then have fun with IOS 5, and wait it out. Especially if you have to pay expensive upgrade fees because you only have had it for a year or so.
1. Availability – Monday October 17th – Reason: It’s after payday.
2. Cool Feature – Voice Dictation – Speak and your words are converted to text.
3. 4G - iPhone 5 will be a 4G iPhone
5. 4S – There will be a iPhone 4S Feature Complete iPhone 5 minus 4G capabilities targeted towards Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T
6. Quad Core – iPhone 5/4S will feature a Quad Core ARM processor
7. Battery – Advanced battery with improved life and greater charge/discharge counts
8. Audio – Stereo speakers on bottom of phone
9. Camera – 8-12 Megapixel better zoom & video capabilities
10. One More Thing
Digitimes reports that Pegatron has received an order for 15 million “Next Generation” iPhones with a ship date of September. It’s interesting that Foxconn has not received this order, but Pegatron has been building devices for Apple already as they reported less revenue due to a decrease in iPhone 4 orders in 2011. With a ship month of September it appears that we may hear an announcement this month from Apple for an event that lays out the next iPhone and it’s release date.
I’d like to file this on under the Duh! section, but I don’t have one. Correction I do now. Right now Verizon’s quarterly reports will be the first to come up on wireless carriers that carry the iPhone in the States. Like before every other iPhone launch, sales soften as consumers want to wait for the next phone to come out. It’s not rocket science folks. What we do know is that Apple may release a iPhone this fall, it may be LTE enabled it may not. Apple would be smart to ship one with LTE to take advantage of the over 200 LTE markets that Verizon will have expanded to by fall 2011 and nearly complete coverage as we near the end of 2012 if Verizon sticks to stated plans. AT&T on the other hand has 5 LTE markets by the end of this year? What’s up with that? It seems just like Verizon going fiber to the home with FIOS, AT&T to save money will most likely cherry pick LTE markets Verizon has not upgraded yet and ride on their 7.2Mbps faux4G network to save a few bucks, just like they cheaped out to deploy fiber to the node and put all those refrigerator sized boxes in people’s yards.
Yanko Design’s artist and designer Michal Bonikowski has posted a pretty good mockup of what they believe is the next iPhone 5. This is not exactly the iPhone 5 because nobody’s bothered to leave on in a bar yet, but it’s a pretty impressive rendering. I’m a real fan of the iPhone 4′s design, but I’m sure The Steve wants to make it even thinner. The rounded back is what bothers me because it will wobble on a flat surface if you place it down on it’s back. It also means yet again another case design and another few days of finding a case I like. Only if it’s a LTE iPhone will I upgrade, dual core processors are not a selling point for me, network speed is though.
BGR is reporting that the next iPhone 4S/5 will probably be released sometime in September and features a new teardrop case design. This would be a design where on part is thicker and the body tapers to the other end. Many current LTE designs feature this thicker end, and that is where the LTE antenna can be placed, so this would be the first hint that Apple has in fact going to release a LTE iPhone. I have always suspected a September release, and BGR confirms this with thoughts of an August announcement.