With the launch of Apple’s third-generation iPad with a brand new Retina display and LTE connectivity, many had speculated and logically assumed that the next-generation iPhone would also feature LTE connectivity. This is apparently a sentiment shared by Barclays who revealed in their research memo that Apple is currently evaluating potential parts for their next-gen iPhone.
According to the memo, it seems that one of Apple’s considerations includes the Qualcomm MDM9615 chipset which allows for both voice and data over LTE. This is different from the Qualcomm MDM9600 chipset used in the third-generation iPad that allows for data only. One of the issues Apple had in the past with LTE chipsets is that it forced them to compromise on the handset’s design, not to mention the poor battery life which ultimately resulted in the exclusion of LTE connectivity on previous iPhones.
In any case, with the inclusion of LTE on the new iPad which resulted in larger batteries and a slightly thicker build, it would seem that Apple has found some sort of middle ground, although that might be a completely different scenario as far as the iPhone is concerned. While not a huge stretch of the imagination, we will take this with a grain of salt for now until more concrete evidence has been obtained.