If there’s one thing Apple’s mobile products have taken a lot of criticism for recently, it’s their lack of LTE support. The company released a new tablet and handset last year — neither of which contained the popular 4G technology.

While nearly every Android partner has implemented LTE into their products, Apple has continued to ignore the tech in favor of battery life and reliability. But they may not have a choice in the matter in future Verizon-bound products…

CNET is reporting that Verizon has announced a “hard requirement” for future smartphones, tablets, and other devices to contain the LTE technology. This appears to be a firm strategy for the carrier moving forward, but there will be some exceptions:

“From now on, nearly every smartphone, wireless hot spot, tablet, and netbook that Verizon offers will come with LTE guns-a-blazing. Yes, Virginia, that includes Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, too. There will be the occasional exception, however. For instance, phones on Verizon’s push-to-talk network are 3G-only for now, and will remain that way until further notice.”

Will Apple follow Verizon’s new requirement? No. That doesn’t mean that its next round of iOS devices won’t feature LTE technology, it just means it won’t implement it just because Verizon says so. Apple is one of the few companies that has enough clout to stand up to large carriers, and it has a history of ignoring their rules. Notice how the iPhone doesn’t sport carrier logos on its hardware or come with pre-installed bloatware.

That being said, this could just be the year that Apple decides to hop on the LTE train. Not only are smaller, more advanced LTE chipsets starting to surface, but buildout has really increased. Almost 2/3 of the US is blanked by LTE networks.

[MacRumors]

  • Mark Brammer

    I know the iPhone 4s is already blazing fast. I just can’t wait to see how fast it is when it hits 4g. 😀

    • 4G is cool! very fast! its just like been connected to the standerd 100mb connection on my iphone via my home wifi, cant believe how fast 4G is! its like having my wifi everywhere! i want it now lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes i got 30 mbps on my gnex so fast

  • Just going to be random… IM GETTING AN IPHONE BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH. Soon to be proud iPhone owner here 🙂

    • Congrats! I’ve got my 1st iPhone when the 4 came out. I’m waiting on the 5 but you will love whichever version you get!!

  • Anonymous

    lets assume (just assume) that Apple is definitely going to have LTE in their new devices and let’s also assume that Verizon is already in on this information. Ok.. lets just say for scuz, if for some reason Apple decided not to include LTE this time around, why the hell would Verizon cut themselves out of all that revenue!? I think that the pure fact that Verizon issued this statement means they’re well aware that Apple will indeed include LTE in their next devices. So that’s good news for us? (battery life?) Otherwise, they’re just crackheads.

    • Jon Garrett

      that door swings both ways, why would apple want to loose all that revenue just because they insist on having older technology in their phones?

  • Anonymous

    By the time my contract ends, I will definitely get the iPhone 5S 1 year later. The 3G speed of the iPhone 4S is already fcking fast.

  • lol why cant apple make like an awesome 5 years life battery lol u wont hav to charge the phone for 5 years

  • Does the iphone 4s have h+ ?

    • Yup. My sister 4S has a nice speed bump over the 4.

  • Nice. More smartphones on the already UN-reliable VZW LTE network.

  • Anonymous

    **nearly every smartphone

    **except the iPhone. Apple can do whatever the hell they want.

  • Anonymous

    As long as we have those 2 GB data caps, I fail to see the point of LTE.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I highly suspect we’ll hear an anouncement from Apple saying the technology isn’t up to their standards(replay of the flash uproar) and if verizon sticks to their guns then the 4S will be the last Verizon iPhone, but I doubt verzion will stick to it.