What Does The *New* iPad Mean For iPhone5?

Posted: March 8, 2012 by RenzReport in NFL
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For starters, perhaps Apple is ditching the use of number to identify their products (per the iPad 3 simply being labeled as the iPad).  The next iteration of iPhones might be plain and simply called “iPhones”.

Since the introduction of the iPad some 3 years ago, I have seen a co-relation of how Apple engineers their line of iPhones and iPads in a similar fashion.  Typically, the technology that one device receives is translates to what the other will receive in return.  For example, the iPhone 4S received a high-resolution screen in October 2011.  That same hardware was installed on the latest model iPad to be released in mid-March 2012.  Yet, there are instances when iPhone software is not converted to support iPad, as indicted by Apple’s reluctance to include the highly publicized Siri  with the latest iPad model.  But all is fair considering the iPad has something that the iPhone 4S does not have and that is 4G wireless capabilities.

The iPad now supports 4G in form of HSPA+ for AT&T and LTE for Verizon.  Since Apple has introduced 4G wireless capabilities with the iPad, one would expect that the new iPhone for 2012 will have the same capability level.  So like I said when the iPhone 4S was released, the next version is what consumers will really want in terms of a faster data phone and for those who are on Verizon’s legacy CMDA network;  the capability for voice and data at the same time.  Still this begs the question, what does this mean for Sprint? Allow me to explain!

I’ve long considered Sprint’s WiMAX network as not being a true 4G network.  In fact, what we call 4G isn’t real 4G, but the International Telecommunications Union – Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) saw fit to lower the telecommunication standards to call what we know as 4G; 4G.  Later, they also decided to include Sprint’s WiMAX protocol as a 4G network although it was outperformed by LTE and HSPA+ speeds.  Of course that upset me but that’s not the point here.  The point is, although the iPad still supports 3G and you would expect a 4G iPhone to continue to support 3G, my hypothesis is that 4G will only be enabled on Verizon and AT&T carrier phones.  This will be a huge hit to Sprint’s line of subscribers but Sprint over the past few months have invest heavily in LTE.  Perhaps by this summer, Sprint will come to terms with Verizon to lease LTE lines, but Sprint is not slated to have their new LTE infrastructure in place until 4th quarter 2012 at less than 50% capacity.  But only time will tell and right now the pressure is brewing against Sprint to have something in place fast or risk the potential of losing subscribers.

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