iPhone 5: Is 4G LTE Really Worth the Hype?

March 20, 2012

Ever since 4G LTE technology was announced, many have been waiting for it to be implemented on the iPhone. With the recent release of the 4G LTE iPad, it’s now pretty much a given that the iPhone 5 will receive 4G LTE technology, along with many other possible features. Although 4G LTE is a big deal to many mobile gadget users, it’s still fairly new and most definitely not without its flaws. In today’s article, we’ll take a closer look at an iPhone 5 with 4G LTE and why the technology may not deserve all of the hype it is given.

iPhone 5 Likely To Get 4G LTE For Three Reasons

We’ve already established one reason why the iPhone 5 will get 4G LTE, and that’s the presence of 4G LTE in the new iPad. However, as we’ve seen in the past, sometimes the iPad and iPhone don’t have the same features, so it’s important to look at two other reasons why there will be a 4G LTE iPhone 5.

An iPhone 5 with 4G LTE is almost sure to happen because nearly all new Android phones come with the technology built in. Apple has already lost some ground to Android over the past year or two because of this, and they certainly don’t want to lose more ground–even if the company is doing well overall. The iPhone 5 represents the perfect opportunity to implement 4G LTE technology into the phone.

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One other reason why the iPhone 5 will come with 4G LTE is that Apple has already been working on the technology for quite a while now. Back when the iPhone 4S was getting close to being announced, many thought that it would come with 4G LTE and that it would be called the iPhone 5. However, Apple held off on this, likely because the technology just wasn’t perfected at the time. Now with many months of work, Apple can finally manufacture a 4G LTE iPhone 5.

Why 4G LTE Is Important

All three major cell phone networks (AT&T, Verizon and Sprint) feature a 3G network that the iPhone 4S (and older iPhones) currently use. While 3G is faster than, say, dial-up, it’s still considerably slower than Wi-Fi. In fact, many iPhone 4S users have reported speeds as low as 0.50 MB per second on Sprint. When it comes to downloading big apps or music on the go, this is just too slow.

Contrast that with 4G LTE. With 4G LTE, speeds are typically above 8 MB per second. What this means is that the average song will download within seconds; the average movie will download in mere minutes. For data hungry users, this is a big deal. Imagine an iPhone 5 that allows you to quickly download anything you need no matter where you are. Sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it?

iPhone 5 4G LTE May Not Be Worth the Hype

With the often lightning fast speeds of 4G LTE, it’s inevitable that a phone using the technology will require a lot more power. And what happens when a device requires a lot of power? You guessed it: the device’s battery runs out faster. The iPhone 4S has already been plagued by reported battery problems, and that device only has 3G technology. Unless Apple is very clever with their implementation of 4G LTE on the iPhone 5, it’s likely that a 4G LTE iPhone 5 would suffer from worse battery life.

What Do You Think?

Do you want the iPhone 5 to come with 4G LTE technology even if it means a worse battery life? Leave a comment below and make your opinion heard.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

JoeShmoe99 March 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

All the Android manufacturers have somehow figured it out, so Apple has had that history and their trial and errors to work with. All I want from a 4G phone is to charge it once per day with medium usage. I would like, but don't need, the phone to go for 4 days without a charge. As long as I get that with the i5, I'll be more than happy to purchase it.


JoeShmoe100 :3 March 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

What I want in the iPhone 5

Better speaker
Slightly bigger screen (around 4 inches)
Gorrila Glass
Good battery life (3 hours {while continuosly playing games})

If the iPhone 5 comes out with all of these things, I would be amazingly pleased.


Michelle Canever March 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

Hey Joe,

It's looking like the iPhone 5 may come with most, if not all of these features. We've talked about 4G LTE extensively, also have heard lots of rumors of a bigger screen, and Gorilla Glass looks to be likely at this point. The iPhone 5 may also be waterproof, as we've heard whispers of Liquipel working with Apple on this. And with battery life, we'd expect Apple will want to keep its customers happy by improving that.

Thanks for commenting and reading!


GWT March 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

What happened to phones that you can actually talk to folks with and be able to hear those on the other end without having to use a Blue Tooth or external speakers? Newer phones have great cameras, Mp3 players, video games, web surfing, etc. I have ALL of those toys in my office – what I don't have is an excellent cell telephone to talk to people on!!!!

Hopefully the new Apply IPhone 5 will fulfill my needs, if so I'll buy one. If not, I'll stick with my lousy Blackberry until a phone is produced for communications, not games.


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