With the WWDC 2011 coming to an end, iOS fans are looking to turn their attention to the next generation iPhone which is expected to be announced by Apple anytime in the next few months. To make things interesting, a spokesmen UAE based mobile carrier Etisalat just said that the company is in talks with Apple about the possible launch of a 4G-based, iPhone 5
Ali Al Ahmad, Chief Corporate Communication Officer of Etisalat said, as the first telecom company to implement the 4G network in the Middle East, Etisalat is currently in talks with Apple and the technology comes with Apple's next generation iPhone, the iPhone 5:
Yes, we are in talks with most smartphone manufacturers including Apple on the rollout of the 4G handset, iPhone 5 later this year. As the first telecom organisation to roll out the 4G network, LTE, in the Middle East, we have already started talking to them for the handsets and chipsets in them.
If anyone can recall, there have been rumors and speculations that the next iPhone will assume the same form factor as the iPhone 4, which will be named the iPhone 4S. The rumors indicate that the upgrade to the phone's hardware won't be that significant. But there is really no confirmation with regards to how much of an upgrade the next iPhone is, relative to the current iPhone 4. But majority of these rumors somehow stressed that we will not see a 4G based iPhone with Apple's next release of it's popular smartphone.
That is why this particular statement by Etisalat's spokesperson is interesting because it goes against any speculations that have been floating around. If Apple had any plans to introduce 4G support with the next iPhone, then it is possible that there would have been rumors about it by now. Unless of course, Apple has been keeping 4G support rather well, which is quite unlikely.
There is no doubt that Apple will be introducing 4G mobile communication technology into their future phones because the technology is definitely the most logical step into the future. But it is very doubtful that we will be seeing a 4G LTE capable iPhone this year. We will surely know once Apple makes a formal announcement of its next iPhone.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback