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Will The Verizon iPhone Be LTE?

by Sean P. Aune | January 7, 2011January 7, 2011 3:53 pm PDT

While everyone has obsessed over the concept of the iPhone coming to Verizon, one thing many people haven’t talked about is whether or not LTE will be part of the new version.

While we’re still here at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and sitting in the Verizon-sponsored blogger lounge, the presence of LTE has been inescapable.  The logo is everywhere, phone manufactures are prepping multiple handsets for it, there is no doubt that a ton of focus is being put on Verizon’s 4G network.  So, if Apple is finally allowing the carrier to pick up the handset, are they going to also put it on the Long Term Evolution band?

To be blunt, we don’t think so.

When the iPhone first launched back in 2007, Apple kept the phone on EDGE-only due to the battery drain that 3G presented back then.  LTE is a whole lot speedier than anything else out there currently, but it does tend to burn through battery power pretty darn fast.  Considering how obsessed Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, seems to be with battery life, there is no way he’s going to slap a power draining technology in his prized product without figuring out the energy consumption issues.

What could happen down the road is a dual technology chip that would allow him to release the same phone for both carriers that would take into account their most energy draining operations.  This is pure speculation, but at some point Apple will need to converge the two phones from both carriers or fear leading to consumer confusion over which phone it is they need, and as we know, Mr. Jobs believes in keeping thins as simple as possible.

Yes, all of the Verizon iPhone news may be pointing to the device being announced this coming Tuesday, but that says nothing to it being 4G.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...