The notion of the next gen iPhone being a “4G” device has been debated for quite some time. Originally, it was thought to be a possibility that the next iPhone could bring 4G/LTE data speeds, but then Apple made a statement during its last earning’s call that 4G would “force a lot of design compromises” that the company “was not willing to make.”

A recent update to AT&T’s marketing strategy changed the requirements for a device to be labeled “4G,” and it was thought that the next iPhone would fall under these requirements. Now, another analyst from BMO Capital is stating that Apple won’t release on iPhone with 4G speeds until at least 2012.

The Huffington Post,

“The device’s battery life would take a substantial hit from 4G data transfer, Bachman explained. He opines that the next iPhone release will be “more evolutionary than revolutionary” and might feature “a better camera and perhaps different casing.”

Another analyst recently said that the next gen iPhone would have HSPA+ support, so expect to at least see 4G compatibility. Whether the carriers are ready to support 4G for the iPhone is an entirely different issue.

It appears that people are starting to pick two sides of speculation when it comes to the next iPhone. Either the device will be a total redesign, or an incremental upgrade (like the iPhone 3G and 3GS).

What do you think? Will the next iPhone be 4G?

  • Tbv

    4G or not does not bother me. Just give me the A5 chip, 1MB of RAM and 4″ to 4.5″ retina display screen, please no 3.5″ screen. Otherwise, I am happy with my iPhone 4.

    • Marcus

      4 inch screen is a must man

    • Fojam

      1 meg of ram would work dude…

      • goofygreek

        I think i would cry if i bought a phone with only 1mb of ram. I hope to god you mean 1gb.

  • Frankie

    I want my iphone 4Gs or 5 NOW!!

    • mripod64

      I think you stole my picture o.O

      • mripod64

        Of a sort

  • As reported somewhere else 4g iPhone 2012

  • james016

    It will need a spec comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S 2 which is pretty much what Tbv said though there should be a 64GB option as well.
    Maybe iOS 5 if it is ready.

  • Person

    I wish the new iPhone will have the same design. That’s all I ask for

  • fraggot

    Since every phone has came out they’ve said “No 4G this time” or something. I don’t think ANYONE can make a single accurate prediction about Apples stuff without some form of evidence to back it up with.

    Yes we can make guesses based on their pattern that they follow, but that’s honestly about it. If anything, I can see them bumping the specs for the iPhone, adding some new software or something else along those lines. I doubt we’ll see any drastic improvements, especially since the iPhone 4 is quite popular as it is.

    I’m perfectly content with my iPhone 4 honestly, I have the 32gb option(I do wish for more but that’s it). It’s a great solid smartphone, it works when I need it to.

  • soccerkrzy

    Too bad the term “4G” is nothing but marketing bullshit, and everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid.

  • Jacksparrow

    4G is make believe much like the yeti and bigfoot

  • B-swagg

    The next generation iphone needs to be 4g. Both at&t and verizon have 4g networks. I want a 4g iphone. The last 2 were 3g. I passed on the iphone 4 because its still a 3g phone. Apple needa to make an iphone that supports a 4g network. If not apple will fall behind other companies.

  • fraggot

    That’s kind of a stupid reason not to buy a phone since “4G” isn’t even available everywhere. Some states don’t have it at all, Apple isn’t going isn’t going to invest money into something that doesnt make sense.

    • B-swagg

      Every state should have 4g by now. T-mobile and at&t are merging together. Both of them offer 4g. Verizon offers 4g. I would rather invest my money into something new. Im tired of 3g iphones. I am hoping that the iphone 5 is 4g

  • fraggot

    Tired of 3G phones? It’s not like we’re running on dial up. If you live in a good 3G area, you can reach speeds of some broadband services out there. Plus it’s a phone, its not like a full on computer here. People complain about the dumbest phone.