Apple iPhone 4G LTE for China Mobile: But When?

We’ve been bringing you all the news and speculation about the next-generation AppleiPhone for some time and as it may not be released until later this year, we asked earlier today what features might make the wait worthwhile. We’ve also spoken previously about the possibility of a 4G LTE iPhone and today we’ve heard that China Mobile is to get a 4G LTE iPhone although the timescale is uncertain.

Previously we told how 4G LTE connectivity might not come to the next iPhone, to be called the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S, but was more likely to come to later versions. However news today from Josh Ong over on Apple Insider tells how one carrier at least, says an agreement has been reached with Apple for a 4G LTE iPhone. A report on Market Watch tells how China Mobile, not a carrier for the last iPhone but already named as a carrier for the next iPhone, says how it has “reached a consensus” with Apple for an iPhone which would support its 4G TD-LTE network.

No specifics were given but China Mobile’s chairman, Wang Jianzhou, said that talks were ongoing. Wang has previously spoken about future LTE iPhone’s and in March said that Apple’s Steve Jobs had also expressed an interest in this. However other reports have also previously noted there would not be enough LTE chips available to supply an LTE iPhone this year and that such a device was not expected until 2012, so we reckon it’s not likely we’ll see a 4G enabled iPhone until the iPhone 6.

For another take on this check out an article on Cult of Mac who ask the question of whether China will now get an iPhone 4G before everyone else. What are your thoughts on a 4G-enabled phone possibly being available in China first? Let us know with your comments.