Apple’s New iPhone Won’t Run On 4G LTE/WiMAX Networks

New iPhone 5

With less than 3 hours to go for Apple’s hugely anticipated iPhone event, Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s new iPhone won’t run on faster 4G networks.

Yesterday, BGR had reported that according to a “solid source”, Apple will indeed launch a redesigned iPhone 5, but it will be a 4G WiMAX device, which will be exclusively available on Sprint’s network, while carriers like AT&T and Verizon will get a 4G LTE iPhone in the first quarter of 2012.

WSJ’s report seems to directly refute that claim. They claim that according to people familiar with the company’s plans:

the hotly anticipated device won’t operate on long-term evolution or WiMAX fourth-generation networks. Those wireless networks promise speedier downloading to mobile devices of episodes of television programs, as well as cute baby photos.

The people said the device will work on 3G networks, which are broadly in use today and are the standard for the current iPhone 4. AT&T says its HSPA+ network has 4G-like speeds.

We wonder what prompted the report by WSJ as it always seemed unlikely that Apple will introduce a 4G LTE before 2012. We won’t be surprised if Apple got a lot of heat from it’s iPhone carrier partners after the BGR report and decided to calm some nerves before the big media event by leaking the news to WSJ, which is seen as the mouth-piece for the tech giant.

Despite lack of support for WiMAX, Sprint is widely speculated to finally get Apple’s iPhone and we hear Sprint has gone all-in for the iPhone deal, by agreeing to buy 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years from Apple for an average price of $655, which works out to $20 billion. This also means that Sprint is also highly unlikely to exclusively get the redesigned iPhone 5 (which seemed impossible anyways).

We can’t wait for the event to start so these rumors and speculations can be put to rest.

[via WSJ]

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