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iPhone LTE Edition In Testing As Apple Reports Record Q4

Gordon Kelly


iPhone LTE Edition In Testing As Apple Reports Record Q4

Should we really be surprised by either of these?

Rumours first and Apple is said to be currently testing a new LTE version of the iPhone on US telco Verizon's fledgling LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. LTE will be the final iteration of 3G (it is also known as 'Super 3G') and will massively increase bandwidth from the current 7.2Mbit limit to 140Mbit in its first roll-out then 340Mbit in phase two. As with 7.2Mbit this is shared between users at each cell site but it should guarantee far better levels of minimum service.

Quite frankly if Apple isn't testing its next generation handsets with a standard that will revolutionise mobile broadband over the next few years then I'd be more shocked than if it were.

Back to solid fact time and the company has also put out its fourth quarter financials revealing yet more record results. Profits hit $1.6bn (£1bn) for the three months up to 26 September - a whopping 47 per cent rise on the same period last year sales also leapt 25 per cent to $9.87bn.

Perhaps most interesting however is how this cash was earned. Mac sales grew by 17 per cent iPhone sales by seven per cent and iPod sales dropped eight per cent. If that isn't a sign the dedicated MP3 player market is in considerable decline then I don't know what is.

"We are thrilled to have sold more Macs and iPhones than in any previous quarter " said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.""We've got a very strong lineup for the holiday season and some really great new products in the pipeline for 2010."

Looks like Apple timed its jump from MP3 players to smartphones perfectly. Keep up that LTE testing guys...


Apple Q4 Press Release

iPhone LTE via Mashable


October 20, 2009, 5:04 pm

Slightly concerned by what thousands of 140Mbit wireless connections will do to peoples heads. We're all going to glow in the dark soon..


October 20, 2009, 5:04 pm

Wait and later 340Mbits. :Twitch:


October 20, 2009, 5:54 pm

and when the mp3 market share drops another 8% in comes the iphone nano, another 8% iphone shuffle, etc etc etc

Tony Walker

October 20, 2009, 5:56 pm


As long as it uses no more power than 3G then we won't glow any more than we currently do.

Tony Walker

October 20, 2009, 5:58 pm

The comment by Jobs about "some great new products for 2010" was interesting. Tablet anyone? Of course, Scots readers have using this for years :)


October 20, 2009, 7:17 pm

priority: flash/java support and then millions of others


October 20, 2009, 7:19 pm

Should they really be worrying about the "next big thing" when, according to previous reports, the networks seems to manage 1.3Mb at the most?

P.S. Not saying they shouldn't be trying, that was just more of a dig at current speeds...


October 20, 2009, 7:23 pm

@ drdark - surely that's WHY they should be trying? 3G/HSDPA just doesn't cut it on a modern smartphone. LTE should go a long way to fixing that. A real world performance minimum of 2Mbit has been set, while real-world 3G network speeds should greatly improve as traffic moves from them to LTE.


October 20, 2009, 8:52 pm

Incredible financial results. Online store has been down for a while now, waiting to see what new toys we get :)


October 20, 2009, 11:10 pm

And what better way to celebrate your glowing Q4 results than to clean up your MacBook. Okay cool, but an entry level of now £800 isn't exactly helping us out, ya jerks. Stop upselling us, it's a recession!


October 21, 2009, 1:08 am

I wonder just how much O2 would charge to tether to that sort of service, seeing as they currently charge £15 to connect to their existing crappy network.

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