Oct. 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM ET
First things first — the iPhone CDMA model due in January won’t support LTE. But here's where it gets really interesting: sources tell me that the iPhone refresh in mid-2011 won't support LTE either. Instead, Apple will produce a dual mode iPhone containing 3G flavors of GSM and CDMA, which operates on all carriers worldwide. If this holds true, Apple won't support the LTE standard until some time in 2012.
Apple simply doesn’t want to be the guinea pig on new LTE networks that aren’t ready for primetime, and Steve Jobs knows not to trust the hype that’s spewed by the carriers on 4G. The truth is that 3G networks have many more years of life, and the transition to LTE will be much slower than the carriers want you to believe (LTE doesn’t even have its voice standard fleshed out yet).PC World's Tony Bradley
I don't think that Apple needs to go out of its way to jump on the 4G bandwagon just yet. Aside from giving Sprint a unique marketing brand — enabling them to tack "4G" onto the end of the name of every device — it isn't really an advantage yet.