Could Apple possibly be working on implementing LTE technology into the next iPhone? LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a new wireless data technology that is supposed to offer higher peak throughputs and better data performance. Following 3G, LTE is the next stage in the evolution of wireless data technologies.

A new Apple job posting hints that the company is looking to implement LTE into their iOS platform. While LTE knowledge has been part of other Apple job requirements, this specific job listing is the first time that LTE has been called a “specific duty.”

This job listing is not necessarily empirical proof that Apple will implement LTE in the near future, but it’s definitely a strong indication of Apple’s roadmap for iOS…

Some of the full time “iOS Cellular Protocol SW Engineer” position’s duties are described by Apple as being,

– Implementation, Integration, customization, enhancement and maintenance of L1-3 Protocols for one or more of the following air interface: GSM/UMTS, CDMA (1x/EVDO), LTE etc.
– Carrier specific features implementation

9to5 Mac speculates about this new job posting,

“Apple’s job listings are usually a good indication of what’s to come, and Apple listing the integration of LTE in their iOS devices as a specific duty, is definitely an indication that they are building and potentially planning to sell devices with an LTE 4G data connection. Many were surprised that Apple’s CDMA-version of the iPhone does not support LTE, but there is the possibility that a new iPhone in June will support this technology.”

It’s a little far-fetched to say that the iPhone 5 will be LTE compatible, especially if this engineer position has not yet been filled. Apple has never been a company to quickly adopt technologies that are not of its own creation. (It took them years to implement cut and paste into iOS, etc.)

I wouldn’t get your hopes up for an LTE iPhone 5. It’s more realistic to assume that the iPhone 5 will have universal baseband compatibility for CDMA and GSM. However, it’s safe to speculate that LTE will be a huge part of Apple’s iOS roadmap for next year.

What do you think? Is it probable that the iPhone 5 will be compatible with LTE?

  • Burge

    I don’t think the i5 more like the i6 …but you never know , depends on how quick Apple work on this

    • Like you, I’m pretty sure this won’t happen until the iPhone 6.

      • Burge

        The reason I say this, is because Apple will have been working on the i5 for awhile now , and it’s now they need someone with LTE know-how for the i5 ? I don’t think so.. It’s now that they are planing and designing the i6. They must at minimum be working 1 year in advance.. Not half a year ..

  • Weebsurfer

    iPhone 5L ? Just a guess. 😉

  • Jason masters

    Empirical proof wow such big words!!! This isn’t the theory of evolution!

  • It’s willy bitch

    Omg I like the person with the boobs

  • Petis

    Who the hell needs LTE these days? no coverage, problems with voice, battery demanding, unstable, practically not much faster than 3G and if yes the battery will die in one hour. No way this is going to the upcoming iphones. Lte makes much more sense for iPad by the way.

  • Matt

    I don’t get the love for the iPad. Outside of a larger screen, it’s nothing more than an iPod Touch. Your paying $500 more just for a larger screen. The iPhone has the same screen size as the iPod Touch but at least it does more than the iPod Touch.

    I’m also starting to think that LTE will be integrated into the iPhone through an iOS upgrade. Many signs point to this. That example pic above saying iOS. The fact Verizon and Apple both say the Verizon iPhone won’t support 4G YET rather than not at all. All signs so far just point to an iOS upgrade to 4G in the future. So it’s not necessarily which iPhone gets it, it’s which iOS update has it and which iPhone models will get that iOS update.

  • C Dub

    Matt, no offense, but you’re an idiot. LTE could NEVER be an upgrade, it’s a completely new chip and antenna, how do you update those things in an iOS update??……you can’t!!

    and as for Petis, how do you know LTE will eat up so much power…..nobody is using it yet. All that 4G crap you hear is because of Sprints “4G” (which should really be called 3.5G) uses HSPA+ which is several mb slower than what verizon has planned.

  • pantoufle

    Sprint uses Wimax not HSPA+. AT&T uses HSPA+…

  • souljah01

    if it cannot be upgradable via an iOS update, why is the Motorola Xoom upgradable to to 4G?

    • Jason Masters

      Via ota update it can be

  • alex w

    You cannot update to LTE via any software update, ota or otherwise. The Xoom will have to be sent in and have the LTE radio installed in a now-empty slot.

    Without the LTE radio software will do nothing.

  • You can if chip was already installed previous. Just waiting on software bugs to be worked out, sample battery life.