Apple iPhone 5 to function on LTE wireless networks
London: Tech giant Apple Inc's new iPhone 5 will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world, including in the US, Europe and Asia, though it may vary among different mobile carriers.
The phone will have an advanced technical capability of LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless network that would give all phone carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple''s base of iPhone customers.
Smartphone makers, including market leader Samsung Electronics Co., have already begun offering LTE phones globally, achieving a selling point that Apple has lacked so far, the Wall Street Journal reports.
LTE technology is much more fragmented than the previous third-generation wireless technology, making it more difficult to make LTE phones that work seamlessly around the world.
Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone, which will also have a slightly larger screen, at a press event in San Francisco on Sept. 12. Analysts have widely expected the new phone to support LTE, the report said.
Apple officials said that it isn''t likely to work with all carriers' LTE networks in all countries, though it wasn't clear which ones would be left out, it added.