Why No LTE iPhone For Now? “Design Compromises” Apple Would Not Make.
Today during Verizon and Apple’s press conference in New York City announcing the iPhone 4, Apple COO fielded a question that has been on a lot of people’s minds: why won’t the iPhone on Verizon be a next-generation LTE version?
â€œThe first generation LTE chipsets force some design comprimises. Some of which we would not make,â€ Cook said.
That’s a bit vague â€” “design compromises” could mean a lot of things. Part of what he likely means is that LTE chipsets require more battery consumption (something which has been seen in the 4G Android devices). Another part is that an LTE version of the iPhone would likely have to be a bit bigger because radio engineers havent learned how to squeeze every ounce of real estate into these newer chip designs yet.
And there was another reason Apple is bringing a CDMA iPhone 4 to the table first. “Verizon customers have told us they want the iPhone NOW,” Cook made clear. In other words, Apple could certainly do the work on an LTE iPhone â€” and they undoubtedly will eventually â€” but in order to get this product out right now, they went with a product they’ve already developed, the iPhone 4.