LTE Being Tested On iPhone: Too Late For 4G iPhone 5?

If you are a resident of the US then you have the luxury of 4G capabilities on your high end smartphones. Many of the new handsets released have 4G LTE support, with this at times being a deciding factor in which model you buy. We should have 3 flagship phones launching within the next month, the Samsung Galaxy S II, Droid Bionic and iPhone 5. So far it looks like only the Droid will come with 4G, is this a big deal for you?

For all you guys out there planning on buying Apple’s 5th generation handset, you will be pleased to hear that 4G is currently being tested on an iPhone. As far as we know, it could be an older model of the iPhone such as the 4 which is being subjected to tests. According to Mashable, an unnamed US carrier is performing internal iOS trials to see how 4G runs on the super slim smartphone. Apple’s 2 US partners are Verizon and AT&T, with many hoping they will offer 4G to the iPhone.

These tests are more likely to see if 4G could be used on the iPhone in the future, it seems highly unlikely Apple will support it this time around. IT Pro Portal does not think the iPhone 5 will bring 4G as it is too thin. The 4G chip has not yet been compacted to fit inside of the slimmest handsets as it is a separate modem that sits next to the existing chip. You may notice that 4G mobiles are a little chunkier than others and Apple will not be willing to sacrifice their skinny smartphone feature for the time being.

If Apple do by some miracle announce that the next iPhone will support Long Term Evolution, then it could be that it is not called the 5 at all. Many have suggested the newest model will instead be named the “iPhone 4G”. However I think that LTE has come too early for Apple this year and I am sure they will bring it with their 6th model in 2012. 4G or not the iPhone 5 will still break records with its sales, Apple has ordered 20 million units for the 4th quarter.

A little earlier, our own Debbie Turner broke some interesting news regarding the Samsung Galaxy S II and 4G to you. If you are thinking of opting for a Samsung model, an alternative to the Galaxy S II called the Celox has been spotted, the difference being that the latter supports LTE 4G. Both models are very similar and this would be ideal for you if you had your heart set on a 4G Galaxy S II. Others have decided to play it safe and go with the Droid Bionic when it releases.

The reason people want the 4G so much as you will know is its lightning quick wireless capabilities. 4G is reportedly 5 times faster than 3G, with download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and uploads of 2-5 Mbps compared to 1.4 Mbps for downloads and 0.8 Mbps for uploads. For some, the focus is on the phone and not necessarily on the network which is why the iPhone 5 will be sensational regardless. Be sure to check out our iPhone 5 roundup article. Let us know your thoughts on the iPhone 5 and 4G, which will you pick?