The new iPhone 5, which was unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco, has no shortage of features. Perhaps chief among them: 4G LTE.
It's also the first Apple smart phone to truly take advantage of 4G LTE technology. (The iPhone 4S was sometimes branded as a 4G phone, but as Horizons editor Chris Gaylord explains in a helpful primer, the 4G on the iPhone 4S was actually more like 3G+.) Expect much improved download times and faster Web browsing. The iPhone 5, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller explained at a press conference earlier today, "just screams."
In the US, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint will all offer 4G LTE plans for the iPhone 5. (T-Mobile, which doesn't carry the iPhone at all, is left out of the mix.) In Canada, CNET reports, 4G LTE carriers include Bell, Telus, Fido, Virgin, and Kudo; in Europe, it's Deutsche Telekom and EE. That's a lot of coverage. Modest question: How fast will the LTE connection be on the new iPhone, exactly?