iPhone 6 Will Likely Feature LTE Network Support

Verizon "Rule the Air"It would not be a stretch to say that in a little over two years from now our iPhone will be able to connect to anything, even cars controllable by a breakthrough auto-pilot app that will add new meaning to “There’s an app for that.” Okay, maybe it is a stretch to say that the iPhone would be able to connect to a car in order to drive it (though not something we would not totally want to see in the future), but this definitely is far from a stretch: that the sixth-generation iPhone will support Verizon’s (self-labelled) 4G LTE network.

The inclusion of LTE support in the sixth-generation iPhone would not be a surprise to anyone but the most pessimistic, though they have some merit: The only way the original iPhone could be considered inferior to the competition was due to Apple’s decision to include a chipset that only supported the EDGE and GPRS networks since better battery life and a smaller footprint could be achieved with an EDGE chipset at the time. Telecom Pragmatics analyst Sam Greenholtz tells The Street that the next iPhone set to release this year will not support LTE, but his sources mention that next year’s sixth-generation will include LTE 4G support.

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, somebody obviously close to the matter, adds fuel to the LTE fire during an interview that the Wall Street Journal wrote about. Mead states that ”You’ll see more coming from Apple on LTE, they understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it.” There you have it, straight from the man behind one of the biggest LTE pushes.