Recently, we had come up with our wishlist for iPhone 4G – Apple's next generation iPhone that is expected to be launched later this year. You may recall that one of the demands in the wishlist was for 4G network compatibility in the upcoming iPhone model. With multimedia content becoming increasingly popular on the iPhone, the need for a network with higher data speed has thus become imperative.
Incidentally, there are now indications that it could actually become available. Folks at Engadget have dug out a job posting made at the Apple website over a year ago which hints at the possibility of next generation network connectivity coming to the iPhone. In this job posting for a "Cellular Technology Software Manager", Apple has requested for applications from candidates who have an "expert knowledge of WCDMA/UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, LTE etc."
The fact that Apple has exhibited an interest in LTE technology more than a year back makes it pretty likely that a 4G network enabled iPhone could be on the way sometime in the future. However, it needs to be noted that AT&T – Apple's carrier partner in the US, shall not be equipped with LTE anytime before 2011. Verizon is already building its 4G LTE infrastructure that shall be launched by the end of this year. While 4G network connectivity is already available on Sprint in the US, there is however not enough evidence to indicate that next generation iPhone will support Sprint's 4G Wimax wireless network.
Do you think that the fourth generation iPhone, which is expected to arrive this summer will support LTE 4G? Do you see Apple opening up the iPhone to other carriers in the US? Let us know your opinion in the comments.