Report: No 4G speeds on iPhone 5

October 4, 2011

Not that it should come as surprise to any one who’s been following the iPhone rumor mill, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting Tuesday morning that Apple’s next iPhone will not run on WiMax or LTE networks. The report cites “people familiar with the company’s plans” who say that the handset won’t operate on the nation’s fastest networks.

That’s hardly a surprise, since the networks aren’t fully rolled out across the country and Apple took its time taking the handset to 3G speeds as well.

AT&T recently flipped the switch on LTE in five markets; Verizon has been rolling its network out while expanding its stable of LTE Android-based phones set to compete with the iPhone.

The report does add even more salt to Boy Genius Report’s wild report that Sprint will get a WiMax-enabled iPhone 5 as an exclusive, with an LTE-enabled iPhone for Verizon and AT&T to follow later.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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