July 1, 2013
Apple is said to be in talks with SK Telecom to bring LTE-Advanced capabilities to the next iPhone. The new technology makes it possible for devices to reach download speeds of 150Mbps, according to The Korea Times. The so-called “iPhone 5S” will be able to support this technology thanks to new chipsets from Qualcomm. To date, the only smartphone that supports LTE-A is the Samsung's Galaxy S IV. According to the report:
Because Korea has recently seen a huge demand for devices supporting high-speed networks, Apple intends to use Korea as the litmus test to gauge the marketability of LTE-A technology before making inroads into China, according to industry sources.In addition to offering better download speeds, Qualcomm’s chipset also makes it possible for future iPhones to support all networks around the world. This includes 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE and LTE Advanced networks. The iPhone 5 doesn’t support all networks, including China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network. For years, we’ve heard rumors that Apple was nearing a deal with China’s largest cell phone provider. China Mobile has 700 million subscribers. The next iPhone is likely to look similar to its predecessor, in terms of its design. However, inside changes are likely. In addition to a new chipset, the iPhone 5S could include a dual LED flash, better processor, and more. For more information, see: Leaked Photos Provide Latest Indication That The 'iPhone 5S' Is In Production, and Leaked Photos Purportedly Show Interior And Rear Shell Of iPhone 5S.