iPhone 5 To Support HSPA+ “4G” Speeds?

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Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Deputy Director of Research Huang Wenliang of China Unicom executive revealed in a presentation at this week’s Macworld Asia that Apple’s iPhone 5 will support HSPA+ technology. China Unicom is currently the exclusive iPhone carrier in China.

HSPA+ offers a theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps (up from 7.2 Mbps), which is marketed by many GSM carriers around the world as 4G technology.

The image below is from the presentation via PC Watch.

Japanese IT news site “PC Watch” tells that, Research vice president of China Unicom, Huan Wenliang, told iPhone 5 will support W-CDMA based high-speed data transfer standard HSPA Evolution “HSPA+” (21Mbps) at keynote speech in Macworld Asia 2011.

We hope that iPhone 5 at least supports HSPA+ technology as it seems highly unlikely that Apple will launch a 4G LTE iPhone this year. We’re sure many users won’t mind that as AT&T and Verizon are expected to complete the rollout of their 4G LTE network nationwide only by 2013, where as AT&T has deployed HSPA+ across its network.

This is not the first time we’re hearing the possibility of the next generation iPhone supporting the faster HSPA+ network, a report in May had claimed that iPhone 5 will come with minor cosmetic changes, better cameras, faster dual-core A5 processor and HSPA+ support.

Would you be happy with HSPA+ support or will you wait for Apple to launch a 4G LTE iPhone? Please share your views in the comments.

[Macotakara via MacPost]