“Will the next iPhone be 4G capable?” It’s a popular question in the ongoing next-gen iPhone debate. Some folks believe that Apple wouldn’t sacrifice reliability or design by going with currently available 4G chipsets, and others think it’s a necessity for the device to sell.

However, a recent survey by marketing research firm Retrevo suggests that consumers aren’t too concerned about 4G compatibility. In fact, 34% of the iPhone users questioned believed their device was already 4G…

MacRumors highlights the Retrevo survey, which seems to conclude that the ever-changing definition of the term 4G has confused consumers.

“Confusing the issue is the fact that the marketing term “4G” is now being used to apply to not only the Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology being rolled out by Verizon and other carriers but also HSPA+ networks such as those run by AT&T and T-Mobile.”

On top of that, every carrier’s 4G network offers different network speeds with a variety of variables. That’s a lot of information for the average consumer (not someone who reads iDB everyday) to digest.

In all reality, the iPhone coming this fall is not expected to be 4G-capable. The currently available LTE chipsets are too bulky to fit in the iPhone’s slim casing, and the technology doesn’t have the maturity or the availability you’d expect from an Apple product.

And while some folks in the tech industry think that omitting the new broadband technology from the next iPhone will seriously affect sales, it’s obvious (by more than this survey) that most consumers don’t care about the played-out marketing buzz term.

What do you think?

  • Massie

    I’d guess that this has less to do with 4G/LTE confusion and more to confusion about Apple’s naming conventions. A lot of people who upgraded from 3G/3GS models seem to assume that the iPhone 4 means a 4G network.

  • soccerkrzy

    I think that means that 1/3 of iPhone users really are stupid and just Apple fanbois.

    • Daniel

      I agree completely, far too many iPhone users are really, really stupid.

  • Me

    “the technology doesn’t have the maturity or the availability you’d expect from an Apple product”

    You mean like Thunderbolt does on the new Macbooks?

  • Leon

    If those people think they have a 4G iPhone this means they no idea what 3G and 4G means, but that’s ok because it shows how they only care and love their iDevice… If you don’t have an iPhone, well you don’t have an iPhone.

  • Bones

    Who cares about 4G?

    Android and iPhone having a convo in a club

    Android: Hey are you going to be a 4G phone like me now?

    iPhone: Nah, people already think I’m a real 4G, no need.

    Android: Well I have amazing technology even though I’ve put on some pounds.. I can eve…..*Dies*

    iPhone: Oops, looks like your 3 hour battery is out again, I’ll be over there with those sexy iPod nanos while you recharge for the night.

    Android: X_X

  • Rob

    ^^ LIKE XD

    The People Who Think They Already Have 4G Are Definately Not Part Of The Jailbreak Community

  • shinratdr

    So we are just conveniently ignoring the fact that RIM also doesn’t have any 4G devices on the market and yet 24% of BlackBerry owners think they already have a 4G device? The iPhone confusion is simple to me. They called it the iPhone 4, and most consumers are stupid and will just connect similar things like that without thinking.

    However, why the hell do owners of RIM’s devices think they have a 4G device? That I can’t explain.

    Also, this question might as well have read “Do you think your current phone just lasts too damn long?”. 4G is so unnecessary, you can deliver great speeds over 3G technologies and get way better battery life doing so. I’ve never seen a speedtest over 4G that couldn’t be achieved with 3G on a faster network.