The iPhone 5 is coming out on 12 September, and according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this one will support 4G worldwide. The report says,
Apple Inc’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the US, Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.
The technical compatibility with so-called LTE networks removes a competitive danger for Apple and gives carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple’s base of iPhone customers.
LTE which stands for Long Term Evolution wireless network, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. And it is this platform that 4G or Fourth Generation uses to ensure high speed Internet.
Technically 4G should allow users to access the Internet at speeds of up to 100Mbps. For iPhone fans across the world this means good news, although Apple hasn’t specified which countries will be left out of the 4G support. Hopefully India won’t be left out, although it is highly likely that it will.
Currently in India, Airtel is the first and only service provider to launch 4G. Airtel’s 4G LTE services are available in Kolkata and Bengaluru. So yeah even, if the iPhone 5 support 4G LTE in India, you won’t be getting access to it unless you’re in Kolkata or Bengaluru, unless of course phone operators hurry up and make 4G available to the rest of the country.
The iPhone 5 will be launched on 12 September. For other rumours on the iPhone 5, click here.
Interesting footnote: The Samsung Galaxy S III version in India does not support 4G LTE. Will Apple go one better? One can only hope!