Do These iOS Text Strings Reveal Work On an LTE iPhone?

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Expectations are high that the next iPhone released by Apple will include support for 4G LTE data. Besides just seeming like the obvious next step for the product, LTE has been mentioned time and time again in rumors targeting the next iPhone. What we’ve been lacking is much in the way of evidence that actually makes the connection between the next iPhone and LTE. Some text strings have been just been uncovered that may provide just that association, included in the iOS 5.1 we’re already using.

The relevant text includes various system messages making numerous mentions of 4G in relation to phone functions, making it appear that Apple prepared the messages for use on a device other than the new iPad.

If all these strings, containing things like “Enabling 4G will end your phone call. Are you sure you want to enable 4G?” said “LTE” instead of “4G” we might be a little more convinced. The one sticking point that’s giving us pause is how iOS 5.1 all of a sudden started labeling AT&T’s HSPA+ connection as “4G”. Our initial feeling may be that the text strings really do refer to LTE, but we just can’t ignore an alternate explanation.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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