Upcoming iPhone Lacks 4G LTE and WiMAX Support, WSJ Reports

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, the upcoming iPhone will not feature 4G LTE or WiMAX capabilities. Instead, it will continue to operate under the 3G network like its predecessor, the iPhone 4.

This new development contradicts earlier speculations, notably from BGR, which suggested that the iPhone 5 would support WiMAX and be launched exclusively with Sprint.

The revelation that Apple’s next iPhone will remain on 3G aligns with previous statements from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook. During an earnings call earlier in the year, Cook mentioned that Apple would postpone the integration of LTE technology until more compact second-generation chipsets are available, as the current LTE components do not fit Apple’s stringent design criteria.

Future iterations of LTE technology are expected to be smaller and more power-efficient, which would be more suitable for inclusion in upcoming iPhone models.

Meanwhile, WiMAX is becoming less relevant as a 4G technology, with Sprint planning to decommission its WiMAX network in favor of LTE in the near future.


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