WWDC 2011 is now just a memory, but iOS device owners have a lot to look forward to this fall with iCloud and the new iOS 5. More importantly, these offerings may offer clues as to what we can expect from the next iPhone, which is widely rumored to debut with the new mobile operating system in September.
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?
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.
Since the first iPhone debuted in 2007 -- and right up through this week’s iOS 4.3.3 update -- installing a new software version on your handset has meant jacking into iTunes. But that could change starting with iOS 5 later this year.
Could the long-rumored Verizon iPhone actually have been something of an underachiever? That seems to be what one report is claiming, with Apple reportedly slashing production orders for the handset by half.
AT&T already announced their quarterly results earlier this week, throwing cold water on theories that the loss of their iPhone exclusivity would hurt them. Now rival carrier Verizon has divulged their own numbers for the same period, with their CDMA-based iPhone making up about a third of Apple’s U.S. handset sales for the quarter.
After years of rumors about the iPhone landing on Verizon Wireless, when the announcement finally came in January, the actual launch of the iPhone 4 on the carrier seemed anti-climactic -- but fear not, the real excitement will come with the next model.
It’s been relatively quiet on the Verizon iPhone 4 front regarding sales figures, but that isn’t stopping the analysts from chiming in with some thoughts of their own -- such as this one, claiming that Verizon’s fast new 4G HTC ThunderBolt is outselling the iPhone 4.