If You’re Confused About the iPhone 4g Release Date You’re Going to Want to Read This
There seems to be quite a lot of confusion surround the topic of the iPhone 4g release date. I recently checked with Google and learned that 1,220,000 people searched in their search engine for the term “iPhone 4g” in the month of October, 2011.
This is a huge number which means that there is a considerable amount of confusion surrounding the subject. Some people are actually already trying to find out when the iPhone 5 will be released if you can believe that!
Let me first take a few minutes and clarify some things for you that are important to understand. On June 24th, 2010, Apple released the iPhone 4. The “4” actually means that it is the fourth generation or fourth version of the iPhone to be released.
It’s actually the first iPhone to have both a front and rear facing camera. The term “4g” actually is used to signify the fourth generation of cellular services and devices. It is also referred to as LTE or Long Term Evolution technology.
What The Heck Is 4g?
When most people are referring to 4g, they are referring to the speed at which your wireless device can transfer wireless data over the Internet. One company that sells 4g wireless Internet claims that their service is 4x faster than today’s 3g download speeds. This is the main reason that so many people are anxiously searching for the iPhone 4g release date.
iPhone owners are addicted to speed and I’m not talking about the drug either. No matter how fast download speeds become, people are always eagerly awaiting the release of the next big advancement in technology that will offer even greater speeds.
What’s My Predicted iPhone 4g Release Date?
Here’s the bottom line when it comes to the iPhone 4g release date. Currently the only wireless service provider that the iPhone will work on is AT&T and they don’t have a 4g network yet. AT&T has officially announced that they will roll out the 4g network in the year 2011. They don’t however, say “when” in 2011 it will be available. The have also stated that they started testing 4g technology in 2010.
*** Update *** In March of 2011, they started rolling their new network out to select markets so some of their customers are actually getting 4g speeds already.
Since AT&T is currently the only wireless carrier that supports the iPhone (11-18-2013 Update: There are several service providers who now support the iPhone), this means that the iPhone 4g release will probably be sometime in the year 2011. Unfortunately, that’s as much information as we currently have. Okay, so now you know when AT&T will roll out their 4g network but the question remains – is the iPhone 4 a 4g compatible phone? Unfortunately, the answer seems to be no. I searched the Apple support forums and it seems that the iPhone 4 will only work on the AT&T 3g network even when they launch their 4g service.
*** Update *** Verizon now has the iPhone as well.
This means that we can probably expect an ANOTHER new iPhone to be released in 2011. You can be sure that Apple will want to jump on this bandwagon at just the right time. This will give them the opportunity to sell millions of iPhone 4g phones. The new network is promising transfer rates of 140-300Mbps which can’t get here soon enough for many iPhone users.
How Much Will The iPhone 4g Cost?
Apple isn’t talking about the iPhone 4g yet so there’s no word on the iPhone 4g price. I would expect to see a price increase simply because they’ll be able to get it. iPhone lovers will pay more for new iPhone 4g so they can have the latest and greatest mobile phone from Apple. This has been proven by Apple on many occasions.
What Is The Latest Rumor?
Well, Apple definitely tries to keep a tight lid on the exact dates that their new technology will be released. I have, however, recently heard some chatter that Apple is “holding off” on releasing a version of the iPhone that will work on 4g networks because the LTE chips that are currently available are just too large. It seems that they don’t want to compromise and make the next version of the iPhone bigger than what their loyal customers have come to expect. Apparently they would rather wait until the technology for LTE advances a bit more so that a 4g chip will fit inside of the tiny iPhone case.
I personally don’t think that most iPhone users would even care if the phone was a bit larger if it meant that they would have access to 4g speeds. I know that it wouldn’t matter to me. If I had to choose between a slightly larger phone that was faster and a tiny phone that was slower, I would definitely choose the larger phone. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly why I recently chose to purchase an HTC Thunderbolt instead of an iPhone 4.
8-21-2011 Update: – I’m starting to suspect that Apple may be thinking about bypassing the 4g version of their iPhone altogether. I’m really starting to think that the next phone in the Apple lineup is not going to be the iPhone 4g but rather an iPhone 5. Maybe they’ll call it the iPhone 5gs? It’s kind of hard to say with Apple.
Let me tell you exactly why I think they may leapfrog over a phone that carries the “4g” label. Initially I really thought that we would see the iPhone 4g hit the shelves in the summer of 2011. Then I heard rumors that Apple didn’t want to upgrade the iPhone 4 to 4g standards because of battery run time issues and the LTE chips were just too bulky and that would mean that an LTE version would have to be a bit larger. I’ve noticed a trend that suggests to me that Apple feels like their customers want lighter, thinner, and more powerful devices.
Just look at the evolution of the iPod Touch! The fourth generation (not to be confused with 4g) iPod Touch is lighter, thinner, and it’s packed with new features like a front and rear facing video camera. I was holding the latest iPod touch in one hand the other day and the previous version of the device in my other hand and I was blown away at the difference in thickens and weight.
This is when I started to understand why Apple doesn’t want to compromise on the design of a 4g compatible iPhone. I now believe that it would just feel weird to most iPhone users for the latest version to suddenly be larger, thicker, heavier, and bulkier.
I’m really starting to think that the next version is going to wear the iPhone 5 label. Furthermore, I’m predicting that like the iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 won’t be a 4g cell phone either. I think that Apple will hold off on unveiling a 4g compatible iPhone until the Summer or Fall of 2012 and I think it will be called the iPhone 6!
If you would like to see why I feel this way as well as hear my prediction on when we might actually see the iPhone 5 hit the shelves, hop on over to my article where I share my prediction on the iPhone 5 Release Date!
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