Prior to the release of the iPhone 4S, many had speculated that the phone would come with 4G LTE capabilities. However this was shot down because Apple had at that time not yet figured a way to include LTE whilst providing decent battery life. Come iPhone 5, it seems that iPhone users would finally be able to enjoy LTE speeds on their phone, but who do we have to thank for this feature? While many assume that this is the natural progression for Apple, Verizon’s CEO seems to think that he deserves the credit for your iPhone 5 having LTE capabilities.
Speaking at a conference for the National Association of Broadcasters, Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam mentioned that it was him who convinced Apple’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs, to include LTE in the iPhone. “I was really trying to sell him and he sat there without any reaction. Finally, he said, ‘Enough. You had me at 10 Mbps. I know you can stream video at 10 Mbps,’” Based on what we know about Steve Jobs’ personality and his quotes, it certainly does sound like something he would say, but what do you guys think? Do we really have Verizon’s CEO to thank for the iPhone including LTE, or do you think that this would have happened eventually, regardless of carrier intervention?