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Apple Delaying LTE for iPhone Until 2012?


I realize that Apple was able to successfully delay a 3G iPhone for a year because of the lack of competition but the rumored delay of a 4G (LTE) iPhone for a year has me scratching my head. I know Apple likes to tout their user experience and there will be some initial concerns with LTE antenna performance and they were able to get away with it before thanks to a crappy smartphone market but I think they’re really making a mistake with this one.

How much would this impact market share? Let’s assume that an LTE version of the iPhone comes out during it’s usual release cycle in July 2012. That is 21 months from now. With Verizon making commitments to rolling out significant portions of their LTE infrastructure by the end of this year and AT&T by middle of next year how far behind will Apple be exactly? I’ve already decided that I’m likely to purchase a LTE smartphone next year be it iPhone, Android or Windows Phone 7 (which is now even more likely thanks to UVerse integration). If Android and WP7 beat the iPhone to the 4G market by over a year you’re going to see some major hits to their market share.

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