It’s Friday at last, and what a grueling week it has been. Many of you are probably groggy from staying up late (or getting up early) to preorder a new iPhone 4S, hung over from the “Let’s talk iPhone” event or just plain bummed out about the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But don’t despair -- let’s recap the events for Friday, October 7 before we embrace the weekend.
New reports are in that a large Apple store has installed some 4G LTE equipment. According to the rumor, the LTE equipment was recently installed by AT&T.
The rumor also suggests that all Apple stores "in the region" are now hiring with a goal to increase sales staff by 30 percent immediately; this alleged hiring spree would be in addition to the normal seasonal hiring that occurs toward the end of the year.
According to "exclusive sources" from BGR, Apple’s carrier partners are testing iPhone models with LTE capability.
BGR allegedly obtained details of an iOS test build from one of Apple’s major carrier partners. Apparently, hidden in the firmware is evidence of LTE support. BGR refers specifically to an LTC property list (.plist file) found inside the build.
There was no Lion release party this week, like so many had predicted; and there were no hardware refreshes announced. But just you wait! shouts the rumor machine. Next week things are gonna go big big big. Well, we did get Spotify this week, which was a definite plus, so what the heck else happened in the land of Apple? Check out the top ten hottest news stories and get an eyeful yourself.
As anyone whose jumped from AT&T to Verizon (or vice versa) already knows, GSM and CDMA handsets aren’t compatible with each other. Everything we’ve heard about LTE seemed to indicate that would be a thing of the past, but now Verizon Wireless is going on the record claiming that won’t be the case after all.
While Verizon's LTE network may have been out in various markets for awhile now, an AT&T exec promised that the company will begin to roll out its own fourth-generation LTE technology in 5 markets this summer. First up to bat are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio!
Most of us are familiar with the term 3G, which refers to the third generation of wireless technology standards used in the last three models of the iPhone (not to mention every other smartphone produced in recent years). But did you know that a lot of what carriers are currently touting as “4G” is actually just a souped-up version of 3G?
We've made a small change to our formatting here in In Case You Missed It. News is a bit hotter than this easy like Sunday morning format we've got rolling here, so we've set things up for a Friday afternoon roll out of the ten hottest Apple news stories. By all means, be sure to check that out, and be sure to still check out the biggest other kinds of stories, right here, just in case... you know.
Wireless carriers like to toss around technology-laden acronyms such as 3G, EV-DO, HSPA, 4G and LTE as if we all have a degree in rocket science. The reality is, the average person doesn’t have the slightest clue what most of those mean -- so we’ll attempt to cut through the mystery of what some of them mean, beginning with the former, LTE.
Now that U.S. carriers have started rolling out their 4G LTE networks, all eyes are on Apple as we wait to see when the technology might come to the iPhone. A new report claims it’s unlikely to launch until 2012, while production of the current iPhone 4 is slowing down ahead of the next model expected in September.