Analyst: the next iPhone will be a true world phone

By , Jun 21, 2012

Latest checks from Apple’s suppliers in Taiwan indicate that the next iPhone is in fact launching in October, as previously rumored, full twelve months following release of the iPhone 4S last October.

In a landmark deal with the China’s and world’s biggest carrier, the handset will support China Mobile’s proprietary TD-SCDMA 3G network, making it a true world phone…

AppleInsider has the story:

In his checks with suppliers, Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee has heard that support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network will be a “key feature” of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. China Mobile is the largest cellular operator in the world, with more than 650 million mobile subscribers.

Apple sells its smartphone through China Unicom and China Telecom and is expected to cut a landmark deal with China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier.

The iPhone 4S is a quad-band device supporting GSM at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, quad-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz and dual-band CDMA EV-DO Rev. A at 800/1900 MHz bands.

By supporting a total of six different radio frequencies, a single iPhone 4S model can be sold for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in the United States, in addition to a broad range of GSM carriers worldwide such as Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

But China is an entirely different beast.

Unlike in the United States and elsewhere, carriers in China are currently running trials of fourth-generation networks utilizing Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio technology.

Knowing that widespread adoption of 4G LTE in the 1.33 billion people market is still two to three years away, it becomes crucial for the next iPhone to adopt TD-CDMA 3G network if Apple is to crack that sought-after deal with China Mobile.

Acknowledging that China, now the world’s leading smartphone market, has become a major revenue driver for the company, iOS boss Scott Forstall at the WWDC keynote took the wraps off of a number of new features specifically tailored for the local market.

These include preloading China’s dominant search engine Badu as the default choice in iOS 6, Siri in Mandarin and Cantonese, a brand new Chinese dictionary, improved text input, twice the number of Chinese characters in handwriting recognition, support for popular Chinese Internet services like Sina and Youku and more.

As you know, it’s now a forgone conclusion that the next iPhone will have high-speed 4G LTE connectivity and a taller four-inch display, with iOS 6 SDK possibly providing tools to write apps that intelligently scale interfaces up and down to accommodate multiple screen resolutions.

The iPhone maker also promised two new flagship retail stores in Chengdu and Shenzhen, targeting to open about 25 stores in China by the end of calendar 2012.

And if you had any doubts, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told shareholders on Monday that the next iPhone will put Samsung’s Galaxy S III to shame.

What’s the most important feature of the next iPhone that you’re looking forward to?

Is it 4G? Larger display, perhaps? Maybe a brand new form factor?

Meet us in comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/the_ahj Alberto Hernandez

    I’m looking forward to a larger display, not to exceed 4″. I like the form factor of the phone it has a great feel to it so it’d be nice to keep that. 4G LTE would also be nice but the trade off would be battery life, with that in mind Apple should implement a toggle for selecting between 3G and 4G depending on your needs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      Battery life must be improved absolutely! But a new design would be a plus too :)

      • jy zhou

        The battery life of iPhone sucks

      • javierE186

        I don’t know if you were touch in all the wrong places by your iPhone but the battery life my good sir does not “suck”. I am a power user and this last me 14hrs on a very heavy day (you know internet, games, text, always have music on, videos and etc) and a day or more on light usage. It is far better than all my other phones. Now if you have an iPhone 4s than maybe the battery life sucks since it battery increase was close to none and the updated speeds in internet, gpu and cpu do take its toll.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

        Well, you are right about the Internet, gpu and so on, but the problem is, even just leaving 1 app at the background working (for example Spotify) takes about 20% Easily within 15-30 minutes :/ And this is an IPhone 4 that I have…

      • javierE186

        If that is the case there might be a problem with your iPhone dude. I use Spotify/Slacker at work (since my job is too cheap to have actual music of their own lol) and it take 1 to 1:30 mins to drop to 15-20% of my battery and I am on an i4. I know other people who have also gave great battery life. So I really do not know what it is. Now I do agree with you, I too wish the battery would be increased to at least 1850 – 2200 mAh that would be fantastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000036257084 Umut Saglam

    Just give me a new design with improved battery live + much stronger hardware(RAM should be atleast 1GB! and ofcourse GPU-CPU) ;D

    • LUFC_MOT

      This new voting system is utter bullshit, 3 retards voted you down when you said nothing but an opinion, one which, for the record, is shared by millions of other people but I guess where there’s Apple there will always be immature idiots who vote a comment down or slag you off based on them not agreeing with you.

      Incase you haven’t guessed it, i’m with you on the new FF, if it resembles my iPhone 4 then there is no way they’ll be getting my money, regardless of how good it may be internally … The iPhone 4/4S is a nice phone but it’s so dated now it needs a serious overhaul aesthetically.

      • http://twitter.com/mad1at35 Jason Hopkins

        IMHO a classic design is timeless. The iphone 4/4s is a distinctive design and there are few phones that come close in terms of the design. Most phones are just plastic amprphous blobs in comparison. Hence I really like the iP4/4S design.

        Obvioulsy though if Apple increase the screen size, battery and change other components they will have to alter the design somewhat to accomodate all this. But, if the leak designs are anything like, the new rMBP it may well take design cues from what has come before, i.e. iP4/4S.

        Btw, they are going to have to go some to stuff an A5X in there in its current form so they are going to have to use a smaller die size, hance smaller process, than in the ipad (gen 3). No need for a quad core cpu, rather more GPU power and better battery life. Very few apps, apart from games will be able to make use of 4 cores anyway and as most folks seem to use their phones for facebook, twitter, email, etc, four cores are redundant. This isn’t a desktop OS we are talking about!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000036257084 Umut Saglam

        Thank you ;)

        Sad that some peoples are imbeciles that keeps voting down, without even thinking.

  • sjah07

    Does this mean that it will support T-mobile’s AWS network? That would be great, as then I could use it with WIND in Canada.

  • http://twitter.com/ProZack27 Zachary Sloane

    I want a new form factor. I hope it doesn’t use the iPhone 4/S FF. It’s nice and everything, but after 2 years I want a change! :)

  • Zorvage

    1Gig RAM. 4inch, siri, A6, new design, better cameras, WAY better battery life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodriguezroger Roger Rodriguez

    The next iPhone will have similar A5x chip as the new iPad 1 Gb ram, 4band 2G, 4band 3G and 2band LTE, it will be 4 inches screen display, and it will have 32 Gb, 64 Gb and 128 Gb storage, 12 mpx camara, 1080 video with more than 30 fps, Ll than in a slimmer form factor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/htatw.yan Htat Wai Yan

    Definitely these 10
    1) Amazingly simple new form factor
    2) Larger Screen
    3) Quad core processor
    4)NFC chip
    5)Better screen resolution
    6)BETTER BATTERY LIFE!!!!!
    7)Thinner model
    8)Air-drop like functionality
    8)A redesigned home button
    9) A better camera
    10) SOMETHING UNEXPECTD

    • Joey_Mousepad

      better screen resolution? better than retina?

      • ReanimationXP

        he’s an idiot, pay no attention.

  • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

    I’d like to see:
    1. A new form factor (a bit thinner and metal back would already be enough)
    2. A slightly bigger Screen (not much bigger than 4″)
    3. NFC Chip
    4. Battery improvement
    5. A5X Chip or better
    I’m gonna buy it anyway. Want Siri which unfortunately doesn’t work on iPhone 4 even with iOS6

  • Alu Zeros

    False, true world phone my :($:;(4:$:4(): carriers still locking down, you can’t use an AT&T phone on verizon, there’s still no unlocked CDMA bands, I say bolony and there’s still no phone with all lte bands so it can work on any carrier till then
    Phones might have more bands but it’s pointless unless you travel somewhere that has gsm, and even then you might not get full speed due to carrier frequency differences. This is how carriers make money on people switching from another carrier, and I say Steve jobs is right, when wifi becomes mass public say hello to voip and good by carriers old model, hello new model of just data, it’s inevitable

  • jjjity

    Drinking the iKoolaid lol. It’s non removable upgradable battery will suck using 4g that is if the phone has 4g which is doubtful. Baaaaaaaa say the apple Sheep.