The most recent conversations about how the new iPhone LTE with 4G service is impossible for this year may be for nothing. LulZec, a hacking collective that has been targeting communication groups like AT&T and AOL has now located an AT&T document that they claim shows that not only is an LTE iPhone coming this September on AT&T, but possibly even an LTE enabled iPad.
The document may not be overtly clear about this statement, but the suggestion is certainly there. New rumors have indicated that a different iPhone model, called the iPhone 4s, was to be released in the fall. Some thought this would be a cheaper version of the iPhone for consumers to choose from, while others thought it was simply a less complete version to pacify consumers until next year when they would finally be able to make the iPhone 5 LTE and Near Field Technology ready. If this document is legitimate, it could mean that whatever the newest iPhone generation is called it will have LTE capabilities and will be coming this September.
This is a difficult assumption since most insiders will tell you it is not AT&T that has a real 4G network, but instead Verizon. Many people simply assumed that was why Apple finally allowed Verizon into the fold, because their LTE system was actually functional while AT&Ts was non-existent. This now comes into question because if LTE iPhone and iPad models are coming on AT&T contracts, that means that AT&T may be unveiling a full 4G network this September. This could stem from the rumored merger with T-Mobile, but until there is hard evidence this is still affluent from the iPhone rumor mill.
The document from AT&T states that both the LTE iPhone and iPad will be testing over the next couple months, and since this was supposedly issued in November it would also blow away assumptions that Apple pushed back the iPhone 5 release date because of delays. The exact iPhone 5 release date would be sometime in September, likely in late September, but specifics were not given.
The big issue here is how reliable the LulZec information is, as this document could simply be out of date and LulZec has now disbanded. What we are pulling from is essentially a PowerPoint presentation that has a slide labeled LTE Status, where it then mentions iDevices.
You can then see a slide that mentions the testing protocol in the following text at the bottom of the slide, but there is no way to discern if this was last year‚Äö√Ñ√¥s testing plan or one for 2011:
Pre-LTE scenarios. Testing will include iPad new activations HLS using the new rate plan, as well as a regression on netbooks and dongles. During validation E2E execution should ensure all functionality new and current is still functioning properly by validating account set up, provisioning, usage and notifications.
‚Äö√Ñ¬¢SBP ST scenarios. Testing will include activations, add stacked plans, add international plans, perform customer service functions using the LTE devices. Testing will validate device is being provisioned and the proper policy from PCRF are being enforced. Usage should be added to decrement the account when needed in order to show RTDUNS are functioning properly.
In general, there should be no way that we can expect an early September release of an LTE ready iPad 3. It is pretty clear that Apple is working on integration of LTE into the iPad, but if this ends up being the case in September it may end up being a half model instead of an updated iPad 2 or early iPad 3. iPad 4s anyone?
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