4G iPhone 5 is Coming…

…to the United Arab Emirates. At least this is what Etisalat’s Chief Corporate Communication Officer, Ali Al Ahmad, told the “Gulf News”. Ahmad said that they “are in talks with most smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, on the rollout of the 4G handset, iPhone 5 later this year. As the first telecom organization to roll out the 4G network, LTE, in the Middle East, we have already started talking to them for the handsets and chip sets in them.”

Could this be true? Should we expect a LTE (Long Term Evolution) iPhone to arrive this year, and not in 2012, as some are speculating?

Last year, Verizon launched its own LTE network, and this year AT&T will do the same, so it’s quite possible for Apple to launch an iPhone compatible with this technology. Rumors say that Apple might actually release a 4G LTE iPhone 5 in September, at the same time as the iOS 5 launch.

Even though launching a 4G iPhone seems like the next logical move for Apple, Tim Cook, the company’s COO, said that “the first generation of LTE chip-sets force a lot of design compromises with the handset, and some of those we are just not willing to make”. Some believe that Apple will not debut a LTE iPhone while this 4G technology is still at its beginning phases. They will want to test it and re-rest it until they are sure that it will offer users a satisfactory experience, since the current LTE smartphones have lots of problems, like high device prices, poor battery life, and require a large design for holding a big battery. It is speculated by many analysts that Apple will offer a true 4G iPhone only in 2012.

If you are looking forward to a LTE iPhone, here are some advantages that the fourth generation of wireless network technology has to offer:

Faster upload and download speed – 5 to 12 Mbps from network to device, and 2 to 5 Mbps from device to network.

Network latency below 50 ms – The user latency in LTE is reduced by 50% compared to the latency of 3G. With lag time cut in half, users can experience better rich multimedia communications and multiplayer gaming.

Simultaneous user support – Compared to 3G technologies, where service is limited to one user for each timeslot, LTE offers support for multiple users in a timeslot. LTE can perform two-dimensional scheduling, both in frequency and time, whereas 3G only offers one-dimensional resource scheduling.

Improved security – Achieving improved security was possible by implementing Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) and the affiliated robust, non-invasive key storage and symmetric key authentication using 128-bit private keys. LTE also offers user identity confidentiality and mutual authentication.

Service compatibility across different networks (including global wire line, wireless, fiber and private networks).

A dependable, steady data connection between 4G and 3G networks for easy access to services, information and data-intensive apps.