By Stephen Schenck | July 1, 2013 11:27 AM
Apple has a way about treating certain new technologies with caution, especially when it comes to its mobile devices. For instance, LTE was already on the loose in 2011, yet when it came time for the iPhone 4S to debut, it did so without any high-speed LTE connectivity. Sure, Apple got around to modernizing the radio in the iPhone 5, but only after LTE had become commonplace in the Android world. In light of all that, today’s rumor sounds like it could be a breath of fresh air for the company, with claims suggesting that it’s wasting no time in preparing an iPhone model to operate on new LTE-Advanced networks.
We’ve been talking about the refreshed Galaxy S 4 with LTE-Advanced support for South Korea, and now we get word that the nation’s SK Telecom is in talks with Apple about the possibility of an LTE-Advanced version of the iPhone 5S.
While we’re not certain yet that this arrangement will ultimately come to pass, it could spell good news for other carriers if Apple gets an early interest in LTE-Advanced; we’ve already heard, for instance, that T-Mobile intends to get the LTE-Advanced ball rolling in some form in the States by the end of this year.