iPhone5: World Phone with LTE

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Today Apple’s new iPhone 5 is being unveiled in San Francisco. Apple has now sold 400 million iOS devices — through June of this year.

Their most recent iPhone, the 5th generation iPhone 4S, was released in October 2011. It featured the Apple A5 system-on-a-chip and topped out at 14.4 Mbps with HSDPA+. An upgraded radio chip enabled CDMA and GSM and supported Bluetooth 4.0 (but not LTE).

Apple’s first iPhone was unveiled by then CEO of Apple Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007, and released on June 29, 2007. Since then the iconic phone has transformed the mobile industry and made Apple Inc rich. On August 20, 2012, Apple surpassed Microsoft to become the largest public company in history by market capitalization.

The iPhone 5 is made entirely of glass and aluminum. Has a 326ppi Retina display, 4-inches with 1136 x 640 resolution. Same width, but taller. It’s the world’s thinnest smartphone, says Phil Schiller. Weighs 112 grams. 20% lighter than the 4S. Engadget compares the iPhone 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nokia Lumia 920.

It features LTE. Single chip for voice and data, and a single radio chip as well. In the US: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will all support the LTE iPhone.

In Asia, it’s KDDI, KT, SK telecom, and SmartTone. In Europe it’ll be on T-Mobile and Everything Everywhere. In Canada, Rogers, Telus and Bell Mobility will offer the iPhone 5.

AT&T uses 700 MHz LTE band 17 in the US. Verizon uses 700 MHz LTE band 13. Regional US carriers using the 700 MHz “A block” in LTE band 12 appear to be out of luck.

The iPhone 5 also supports LTE band 25, which is Sprint’s 1900MHz frequency. Notably absent is support for the 2.6 GHz band. That would apparently eliminate 4G support for China Mobile and Clearwire. The Nordic countries are currently using 2.6 GHz (band 7) for FD-LTE, as well.

TeliaSonera became the first operator in the world to launch LTE commercially, back in December 2009, and has three nation-wide 4G/LTE licenses; in Sweden, Norway and Finland, using the 2.6GHz band. Mobily, in Saudi Arabia, launched the first commercial TD-LTE service in September 2011, also using 2.6 GHz.

The TD-LTE flavor, used by Clearwire and China Mobile, is not expected to have a significant presence for almost a year. Apple also didn’t mention anything about support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA (3G) standard. That support must surely be a part of Apple’s future because China Mobile has almost 700 million subscribers. Most of them are still using 2G, with TD-SCDMA (3G) expected to grow by hundreds of millions in the next few years.

IDC and Gartner predict China’s smartphone shipments could hit 140 million this year, exceeding those in the United States.

The iPhone 5 will come in three different versions. The A1428 (GSM model) is for the US (AT&T) and Canada (Rogers, Bell and Telus) on the 700MHz and AWS bands. The CDMA version (A1429) covers the US (Verizon, Sprint) and Japan (KDDI) using Bands 1, 3, 5, 13 and 25. Another GSM version (A1429) spans Europe (Germany, UK) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Australia) using bands 1, 3 and 5.

AndandTech says the Mobile Data Modem is the 9615. Qualcomm’s MDM 9615 supports both voice and data over LTE as well as TD-SCDMA. Future MDM9625 chipsets will support LTE-Advanced as well as any flavor of 2G/3G radio. Maybe next summer. Nokia’s Lumia supports 2.6 GHz but Motorola’s Razr does not.

There’s also 802.11a/b/g/n, and it’s dual-channel, up to 150Mbps. A new processor chip, the A6, is said to be 2X faster with 2x graphics compared to the A5.

Has an 8-megapixel camera, with a 3,264 x 2,448 backside-illuminated sensor, five-element lens and f/2.4 aperture. Same as the iPhone 4S but thinner. Shoots 1080p, but with better video stabilization, and there’s facial recognition. You can grab photos, too.

The front-facing camera is now 720p, backside illuminated. There are three microphones. Front, bottom, and back for noise reduction. Verizon Wireless today said that users of iOS 6 devices will be able to use FaceTime over Verizon’s cellular network without paying extra fees on top of their regular monthly fees.

The dock is called Lightning. It’s all digital, and 80% smaller. Bose, JBL, B&W, B&O and others are already working on new docks and speakers.

IOS-6, included with iPhone 5, features 3D imagery. Satellite imagery wrapped around the 3D map of the city. Siri has been improved with more movie information. You can launch apps by voice too.

No micro-USB, no microSD card, no wireless charging. The iPhone 5 is available in black or white. Same price as the 4S. $199 for 16GB. $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GB. The iPhone 4 is now free on contract while the 4S is now $99

Pre-orders start on Friday the 14th. Shipping on September 21st in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. 20 more countries next month.

The new iTunes store on IOS-6 is “dramatically simpler”. The iTunes store is now available in 63 countries. Apple has some 435 million iTunes accounts, all with one-click purchasing. Some 60% of all downloads come directly from mobile devices. The new iTunes will be available in late October.

The seventh-generation iPod nano “is by far the best Nano we’ve ever created.” A 2.5-inch display in the nano that’s multitouch. There’s fitness and a pedometer built in, so no accessories needed for Nike+. Maybe it’s using Bluetooth 4? Has the Lightning connector.

The 5th generation iPod touch is thinner. There’s a speaker on the bottom plus the Lightning connector and the headphone jack. It has the 4″ iPhone 5 display and uses the A5 processor. Has a new camera. It’s a 5-megapixel iSight camera. Backside illuminated, f/2.4, 5-element lens and that same sapphire crystal lens cover. Also a 720p camera for the FaceTime HD camera on the front. Shoots 1080p video with image stabilization. Siri will be supported on the iPod touch. No 4G wireless, though. No pricing announced. EarPods announced. They’re included with the new iPod touch, the new iPod nano and with the new iPhone 5.


“A whole new lineup of all-new music players.” “A completely new iTunes with a redesigned music player, seamless integration with iCloud. And iPhone 5. The thinnest, fastest and best iPhone we have ever shipped. Powered by iOS 6.”

That’s it. Mostly music and world phone.

As of last quarter, Verizon had converted only 9% of its subscriber base to LTE despite having a wide lead in LTE coverage. AT&T plans to complete its LTE roll-out and be roughly on par with Verizon’s LTE coverage by the end of 2013. LTE adoption is expected to pick up after the iPhone 5 launch and strengthen in 2013.

The United States reportedly has a cumulative base of 16 million LTE subscribers, currently. That’s close to the combined total LTE subscribers in Japan and South Korea, and the adoption rate in Asia appears to be faster.

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, has 5 million LTE subscribers, taking less than one month to add the latest million. DoCoMo expects to cover 70% of the population in Japan in 2012. South Korea’s SK Telecom passed 4 million LTE subscribers, while KT and LG have about 1.4 and 3 million a piece. Market watchers say total South Korean LTE subscribers will surpass 10 million in the third quarter and 16 million by year’s end.

Smartphone shipments will pass one billion in 2016, says NPD. ComScore reports more than 114 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones, with smartphone penetration passing the 50 percent mark.

Samsung expects sales of the Galaxy S3 to pass 30 million by the end of the year, and the Galaxy S4 with a 5″ screen, is expected to hit shelves globally in March. IDC says Samsung has a 32 percent smartphone share globally, while Apple has 17 percent. NPD’s recent data shows Apple controls 31 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, followed by Samsung at 24 percent.

Clearly, the majority of those billion smartphones are not going to be gold-plated iPhones or Galaxy S-4s, but inexpensive and fully functional 3G/4G Android phones from suppliers like Huawei and ZTE.

Related Dailywireless articles include; Nokia Unveils Lumia 920 & 820 with Windows Phone 8, Motorola Announces New Razr Smartphones, LTE iPhone: Game Changer? , Sprint: 100 LTE Cities by Year End, Hong Kong: Dual-band LTE, Software Defined , Japan and S Korea Report Big LTE Growth, Japan & Korea: More LTE than USA, AT&T’s Spectrum Hunt, Australia’s Telstra Expands LTE Coverage, Wireless 2nd Quarter: Good, Indian/Asian Telecom Growth Rates, South Korea Completes Nationwide LTE Coverage

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 9:34 am .

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