While the next-generation iPhone is widely expected to be compatible with 4G LTE networks, that might only be true in countries like Canada and the United States. The third-generation iPad only supports a limited number of LTE bands, and Apple might very well follow suit with the upcoming iPhone.
Nevertheless, the Korea Times (via The Next Web) reports that Korean mobile carriers are currently negotiating with Apple in hopes of having their own 1.8GHz LTE frequencies supported. In other words, the next iPhone doesn’t appear to currently support that band, or so you would think. But perhaps Apple will take advantage of a new LTE universal chip by Qualcomm.
Should reports of a new LTE iPhone be true, Apple faces the difficult task of supporting the numerous 4G frequencies in use across the world. Qualcomm has already begun work on a universal LTE chip that supports a total of 7 frequency bands: three below 1GHz, three above, and one ultra-high 2.5 GHz+ frequency.
The chip maker said it expects that the first chips supporting additional bands “will begin shipping to device manufacturers in July of this year, and the first devices based on the MSM-8960 should reach store shelves by the end of this year.”
The sixth-generation iPhone is rumored to feature an aluminum unibody chassis, smaller 8-pin, 9-pin or 19-pin dock connector, centered FaceTime camera, redesigned speaker grills and a headphone jack relocated to the bottom of the handset. Moreover, it is also widely expected that Apple’s next iPhone will be compatible with LTE networks and could feature NFC for mobile payments.