All of the information surrounding the iPhone 5 up to this point has suggested that Apple’s next smartphone will not be LTE-capable, even though the platform currently powers Verizon’s 4G network, and will soon drive AT&T’s.

There’s been several reasons for tech pundits and analysts to write the feature off from Apple’s upcoming device, but as Alex reminded us yesterday, we really don’t know anything for sure. On that note, BGR just posted evidence that an iPhone with LTE is currently in testing…

“BGR has obtained evidence of an internal iOS build from one of Apple’s major carrier partners, and buried in the firmware is a property list (.plist file) for LTE. This doesn’t necessarily mean every Apple device that’s about to be released will feature an embedded 4G lTE modem, but it certainly means Apple isn’t sitting on the sidelines as 4G LTE networks continue to roll out around the world.”

The article was published by BGR-founder Jonathan Geller, who has a fairly accurate history of reporting information regarding iOS. And as he points out, this doesn’t confirm that the upcoming iPhone 5 will support LTE, but it does say that a 4G-capable iPhone is in testing.

It’s important to remember that Apple said themselves back in April that LTE chipsets weren’t mature enough for implementation yet. It’s likely that this internal iOS build is off of a lab rat-device, as Apple tries to perfect the technology for future products.

So now that the disclaimer is out of the way, 4G support would be a killer feature in this year’s iPhone. Especially since it’s been so heavily dismissed. I don’t know about you folks, but the yet-to-be announced Apple event this Fall just got a lot more interesting.

Will 4G support change your mind about buying the iPhone 5?

  • Alhenny

    Can anyone please explain what LTE is!!!!!!!!

    • c0edx

      Faster DATA (Internet) I thing the 3G service give you about 7-10-Mbs and LTE 4G should give 15-20Mbs. Correct me if I’m wrong.

      • D Rey

        Ya I’m getting about 1.5 Meg download on 3G. 15-20 would be a drastic upgrade so I’m all about 4G unless it’s price tag goes up to accommodate the feature. Which I’m sure it will.

    • LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and it’s a technology for next-generation cellular networks. It provides advantages to previous platforms like faster download and upload speeds.

      In layman’s terms, it’s likely much faster than the wireless connection you use now.

      Thanks for reading!

    • kokhean

      Liberation of The Electronic-enthusiasts

  • c0edx

    I can care less for that 4G crap. 75% of the time I’m connected to a WiFi network. 3G is fine for me, what you can’t wait an extra 5 sec. for a website to load?

    • Craig

      +1 .. I personally don’t care about it, I have 20mb net at home and would never use my phone to download stuff that wasn’t phone related like cydia and webpages so there is no need for it at all.

    • soccerkrzy

      Ever think that maybe you’re in the minority for always connecting to Wi-Fi? Verizon’s LTE 4G is faster than your average broadband to begin with.

      You can keep connecting your iPhone to Wi-Fi networks if you want, which are far more insecure than using the straight cellular.

      • Craig

        Not every1 needs faster speeds, a lot actually use their phone as a phone which is what it is, this using your phone as a home computer and having no net at home just with your phone is deffo an American thing, here in the UK it is a waste of time, my net is fast enough at home and comes free with my line rental and calls package for my home phone, as for my mobile, I check cydia now and again and use the net now and again, why do I want or need speeds comparable to my broadband package for that.

    • Damn..that’s what I say.

  • I currently have the iPhone 4 with 3G and it works amazingly well for a 3G device.

    That being said, I’m waiting for 4G – and I don’t see it any sooner than Spring 2012.

    Main reason is, Apple will have no trouble selling the 56 Million 3G iPhone Units (maybe “iP 5”) this Fall with the new A5 chip.

    The 4G will give them something to sell in the Spring, and more likely in the Fall of 2012!

    – Eric

    • moi

      waiting on that higher number? Good for ya! Power up that sh*t man!

      Whether it be the latest beta software, drivers or some obscure generational internet speed – tech-teen-kids today LOVE upgrading to higher numbers – anything to get other cherished numbers like FPS or MBps up!!

      what an assinine and empty world this is becoming

  • Andrew

    For me, websites that load in 5 seconds on wifi load in 30 seconds on 3G. So it’s not a small difference of “just wait an extra 5 sec” for me. 3G sometimes loads OK if the reception is stellar, but even in the DC metro area, that’s not always the case. And even the bars lie — it can say 5 bars and just refuse to load ANY data, or it could say 1 and load perfectly. More reliable and consistent data would be as good or better than faster data IMO. If 4G can do that, or get me anywhere near wifi speeds, I would LOVE it. Wifi browsing is soooooo much faster (and more importantly reliable and consistent) than 3G for me right now. I don’t even think it’s bandwidth really, it’s something else. On 3G, a lot of times it takes AT LEAST 5 seconds before data even STARTS to load. Once it’s actually going and loading, it’s reasonably fast for what it is, there is just a lot of extra waiting that does not seem necessary.

  • BugaBoo

    The only reason I would upgrade my iPhone to this version is if it has 4G. That is the thing I’m holding out for. Hope it’s true but I think LTE will be realistic in 2012.

  • Randy

    does it matter if its LTE, they throttle everything anyway!

  • James

    Far too much hype with this LTE and 4G shit, they’re phones ffs, for making calls and sending messages, does any1 actually do that anymore, if I wanted to use the net all the time and download a lot of data i’d just use a computer.

  • Snige

    Sounds like there are a reasonably large bunch of homos out there. Get with rhe program for those of you who only use the iPhone as a phone. Enjoy the advances in technology and take it. If technology hadn’t advanced you wouldn’t be using an iPhone for a start.

    • Shane

      Not everything you class as a technological advancement is needed, the majority is implemented to get more money out of “homos” like you who will pay for anything because of what they are told they need.

  • kokhean

    For people talking about just making phone calls and sending text messages, remember that the iPhone is a smartphone. If you just want to make phone calls and send text messages, you’d be better off getting a basic mobile phone.

    • Craig

      People don’t just buy smartphones to downloads loads of data nor do they need the so called fast speeds, there are many reasons to buy a smartphone, LTE for the most is not the main 1.

  • Lilbibrit

    There’s a difference between MB/s vs Mb/s. There are 8 bits in a byte (B = byte, b = bit). 3G gives ~15-20Mb/s giving 2-2.5MB/s. So pretty darn fast.

  • Levi

    I’m a homo. I love my iPhone. :). (from recent comment) 

  • Goofygreek

    I’m happy with the iphone4 as it is. I’m mostly connected to wifi which is min @ 6MB/sec and 3G is only 1-2MB/sec. Besides. What good is a 4G phone without 4G service. It took att almost a year and a half after 3G came out before I got it here.

  • my area just recently got 3g, like less than a year ago. not gonna see 4g here for at least another year. so yeah, wifi is fine with me. not to mention i never use 3g, coverage is so so and its spendy. anything i need to see/download can wait till i get to a wifi spot or home

  • Theadobeflash

    my 3g is faster than my home internet (Xplornet fail)