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WSJ: New iPhone won’t support LTE or WiMAX networks

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Today's announcement could be for a device that tops out with EV-DO and HSPA+ support.

iPhone 5 invite
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It doesn’t come as a big surprise, but the Wall Street Journal is quoting the usual cadre of "people familiar with the company’s plans" as saying that today’s newly-announced iPhone won’t support either LTE or WiMAX. It’s widely expected that the device will be offered in a single set of SKUs that run on both GSM and CDMA networks, but they’ll top out at EV-DO and HSPA+ speeds — not the newest, fastest networks that Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint offer. No reason is given for Apple’s move, but it stands to reason that Cupertino probably had concerns both with battery life and impact on design were they to integrate 4G capability — LTE silicon is still relatively immature, and it’s expected to get quite a bit smaller, cooler, and more efficient next year.