It seems that the excessive secrecy behind the release of the iPhone 5 could end up paying off big time. BGR is reporting that the internal iOS test build that’s currently being used by one of Apple’s major carrier partners, mentions LTE tests being conducted. We know AT&T will be all over LTE soon, but given only the Big Red has deployed it, that narrows the list down to Verizon. The information was all buried down in the firmware, and everything seems quite credible.
Customers were kind of disappointed with the Verizon iPhone release, mostly because it’s being sold as a Flagship device, but doesn’t include World Phone capabilities, nor is it LTE capable. Back then; Tim Cook came on record to confirm that there were too many design challenges to bring LTE to a device as thin as the iPhone 4. Hopefully this will mean that Apple will most likely keep at least the thickness of the iPhone 4, but bring some LTE capabilities to the next generation iPhone 5.
If Apple does pull a 4G iPhone this fall, we wonder if they’ll still call it the iPhone 5. They’ll most likely continue their previous naming strategy and call this device the iPhone 4G. Time will tell, and we’ll keep you up to speed with whatever develops from this.