4G iPhone Unlikely This Year for Verizon Wireless or AT&T

As the nations two largest wireless carriers roll out fourth-generation LTE networks, a natural question arises: when will Apple deliver a 4G iPhone? At least one analyst thinks its unlikely that Apple will support such a device this year.

Tina Teng, a senior analyst with IHS iSuppli, said Apple will probably wait until 2012 to deliver an iPhone that supports LTE networks, Computerworld reported.

Why not introduce a 4G-compatible iPhone this year? The analyst cited Apples costs to make such a device and the fact that supporting LTE now would force Apple to increase the size and heft of the iPhone. Extra components for LTE would include a baseband processor and supporting chipsets, according to the report.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless both sell the iPhone, which operates over their 3G networks.

Verizon Wireless has been aggressively expanding its faster fourth-generation LTE network over the last several months and is ahead of AT&T in the 4G race. But AT&T previously announced plans to begin rolling out a 4G network in 15 markets this summer, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

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