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Just as we saw with the iPad 3, it's highly likely if not inevitable that the iPhone 5 will come with next-generation 4G LTE mobile broadband, which puts 3G and HSPA+ speeds to shame. With tethering, it means mobile data users can hook up their iPhone 5 to their laptops and browse the web at blisteringly fast speeds.
But due to the incompatibilities between the 4G providers, it will mean Apple will have to provide two different iterations of the iPhone 5, just as it did with the iPad 3. Another problem for international customers is that Apple is suiting 4G for its mass U.S. audience rather than other countries around the world. In the UK, for example, the equivalent 4G band is reserved for free-to-air digital television, meaning UK and Europe will not have 4G working on their iPhone 5. Bad luck, as always.
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Apple has prided itself on bringing touch technology to the wider market. Ever since the original iPhone, it has put other touch-based smartphones to shame, and while others have caught up, rivals have yet to match the essence Apple captured with its unique technology.
But the BlackBerry, despite the company coming close to collapse, still engages the enterprise market with its range of physical keyboard enabled devices. It's one of the many reasons why I personally switched back to the BlackBerry. But the day that Apple takes a leaf out of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's book is the day it dips from $600 a share down to $15 a share.
Keyboard lovers, we can live and hope. With Apple's increased iOS-ification of its OS X platform, it's highly unlikely we'll see an iPhone with a physical keyboard. Shame.
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Apple and Google's rivalry has increased over the years, particularly in the smartphone patent wars arena. Google has its wireless payments system in place, and Apple will likely want to offer its own solution. Plus, with an 'iWallet' patent submitted earlier this year, it is increasingly likely that an NFC-enabled mobile payments system will be worked into the next-generation smartphone.
Apple rarely jumps on the developing technology bandwagon. It tends to wait until a new technology has evolved to the point it can justify implementing it into one of its devices. 4G LTE is a prime example of Apple holding its ground until the market matures. Eventually it hit the tipping point to which it couldn't ignore.
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