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Report Claims AT&T is Installing LTE Network Equipment in Apple Stores

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Just yesterday we heard reports that Apple was allowing their carrier partners to test their 4G LTE networks with a prototype iPhone with an build of iOS with unique property list files which would allow for LTE 4G compatibility. Now we’re hearing from Engadget that things are being pushed just a bit farther- AT&T has installed LTE network equipment in at least one Apple Retail Store.

The nearly daily rumors we continue to hear regarding the next-generation iPhone, claim at best, that the next-generation iPhone will have support for AT&T’s HSPA+ 4G standard, but no support for LTE 4G, which is far faster. This is due to a lack of chipsets that can handle LTE, that are the proper size, and lower power consumption that Apple demands.

That said, it wouldn’t be that far fetched to believe that Apple, and their carrier partners are now testing 4G LTE in the wild- hence the equipment in Apple’s stores. Combine this with the fact that Apple has been caught red-handed with the carriers using modified builds of iOS capable of handling LTE 4G networks, and it seems overwhelmingly apparent that 4G LTE is on it’s way to the iPhone, just not likely this year.

Image courtesy of Engadget.

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