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iPhone 5 4G hinted by EE launch - "new 4G handsets coming soon"

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Ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone 5 launch event, EE, the newly rebranded version of Everything Everywhere, has hinted that Apple’s upcoming smartphone with be compatible with the next-generation network, all but confirming the heavily rumoured iPhone 5 4G capabilities.

The most eagerly awaited release in recent memory, following a flurry of iPhone 5 rumours, the long awaited Samsung Galaxy S3 rival looks set to boast global 4G LTE connectivity options, with this morning’s EE announcement only adding to the mounting iPhone rumours.

Speaking at the launch of the new EE brand, held this morning, September 11th, at the London Science Museum, CEO, Olaf Swantee, discussing the UK’s upcoming 4G services suggested there will be a flurry of new 4G compatible handsets coming to market in the near future, heavily hinting that the iPhone 5 will be amongst them.

After mentioning that HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung will soon have compatible devices, he said that other 4G devices will be announced 'very soon', giving a knowing look to the journalists in attendance, all of whom have tomorrow’s iPhone 5 unveiling at the forefront of their minds. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Samsung Galaxy S3 are tipped to be two of the launch devices for the EE network.

If the iPhone 5 does indeed have 4G services it will be a huge coup for EE, as the company will exclusively be able to offer high-speed 4G services to iPhone 5 customers, leaving those on O2, Three and Vodafone on lowly 3G speeds.

Confirming that the UK’s first 4G network will be trialled across London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol in the coming weeks, EE has revealed that it is to rollout the speedy service to 16 further UK cities by Christmas. The network added that it plans to cover 98 per cent of the British population by the end of 2014.

Just one of many iPhone 5 rumours to be doing the rounds ahead of tomorrow’s confirmed September 12th iPhone 5 unveiling, Apple’s eagerly awaited handset is tipped to feature global 4G LTE connectivity alongside a new 4-inch Retina display, increasing on the iPhone’s former 3.5-inch visual offering. A September 21st iPhone 5 release date is widely expected.

On top of this, a flurry of leaked iPhone 5 pictures have suggested that the sixth-generation smartphone will land with an all new, thinner form factor with a new 9-pin dock connector replacing Apple’s longstanding 30-pin standard to help reduce the handset’s size. In another change to the handset’s design, the iPhone 5’s 3.5mm audio jack connector is set to make the move from the handset’s top panel to its base, making way for a newly centralised front-facing camera and a possible NFC chip.

Further iPhone 5 features tipped for inclusion will reportedly see the handset play host to a new A6 quad-core processor whilst the WWDC unveiled iOS 6 operating system is also set to make an appearance.

What would you like to see Apple incorporate within its iPhone 5 handset? Would 4G LTE compatibility tempt you into paying the premium and jumping to the newly launched EE network? Let us know via the comments boxes below or through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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