The iPhone 5 And iPad 3 Are “Coming” Soon To Verizon With LTE 4G Connectivity? CEO Dan Mead Weighs In
We know we shouldn’t read too much into everything a CEO says, but even the slightest possibility of this makes us all a little excited. So here goes! The iPhone 5 could possibly have LTE 4G connectivity when it’s launched this summer in or around June. According to Verizon Wireless’ CEO Dan Mead, we should “see more coming from Apple on LTE. They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it.” Additionally, we could possibly see the rumored September iPad 3 launched with LTE as well. This is supposed to be the refreshed, updated, and fully upgraded Apple tablet. While we would love to see this 4G connectivity in the iPad 2, the likelihood of it is very slim due to time constraints.
We know that AT&T will have a LTE iPhone next year. AT&T’s LTE network is nowhere near the reach of Verizon Wireless’. Also, Phone Scoop recalls that “Apple COO Tim Cook recently defended the Verizon iPhone 4’s lack of LTE by saying that including LTE would have led to design compromises for the iPhone 4 that Apple wasn’t willing to make at the time.” You tell me what better time to change the internal design than when you are designing a new phone – the iPhone 5.
Dan Mead of Verizon Wireless gave no timeline or reasonable expectations for LTE products from Apple. However, it would definitely be the right move. Perhaps, Steve Jobs comes back in time to deliver the message (“one more thing”). What do you think? Does it make sense for the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 to be LTE compatible? Everyone is waiting on it, are you?