Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LTE iPad 3 coming in summer 2012, LTE iPhone 5 in fall: report

According to a Nikkei Business story, relayed by the Japanese blog Macotakara, an LTE-supporting iPad AND an LTE-supporting iPhone will hit NTT DoCoMo in 2012, Japan's top wireless carrier.

Here's what it said, translated via Google:

"NTT DoCoMo to launch the iPhone by fall next year's LTE-capable iPad next summer. Nikkei Business is, NTT DoCoMo is next summer LTE -enabled iPad launched, until the fall LTE has reportedly enabled the release of the iPhone."

Yeah, it's pretty hard to understand, but we can make out enough: an LTE iPad will launch next summer, and an LTE iPhone by next fall.  Naturally, a launch in Japan for NTT DoCoMo means a launch elsewhere, too.

The iPhone date makes sense, as it would be about a year after the iPhone 4S launch. An iPad 3 launching in the summer would be a bit late, but not terribly so. It would also give Apple time to gain access to second generation LTE chips, by waiting until the summer.

Interestingly, Apple doesn’t have a prior distribution agreement with NTT DoCoMo. The Cupertino, Calif. company first opted for Softbank in Japan, before ending Softbank’s exclusivity with an agreement with au/KDDI.

Earlier in the week, evidence in the newly released iOS 5.1 beta pointed to two different iDevice IDs, an iPhone 5,1 which represents a major iPhone update, and an iPad 2,4 which implies some sort of carrier variation.

The next-generation iPhone is expected to sport the Apple A6 SoC, which is believed to carry an in-house design with four ARM Cortex A15 processing cores and a unknown graphics core.



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