Thursday, September 29, 2011

iPhone 5 to get larger screen, HSPA+

A new pair of reports suggest that changes are headed to Apple's next iPhone in the form of a bigger screen and a considerably faster data connection.

The first comes from Japanese outlet PC Watch, (via Mac blog Macotakara), which reported on a slide shown by carrier China Unicom at this week's Macworld Asia, suggesting that the iPhone 5 will add support for HSPA+ technology. HSPA+ is the standard that has a theoretical download speed of 21Mbps, up from the 7.2Mbps HSDPA/HSUPA 3G hardware that ships in the iPhone 4. In the United States, both AT&T and T-Mobile support HSPA+ on their networks.

This is not the first mention of faster networking technology making it into Apple's next iPhone, but it's of special interest, given that the slide came from a carrier. An analyst note from Jefferies in May suggested that Apple's next iPhone would be a modest update but that it would be getting a speed boost in processing power and with support for HSPA+. A report last month also suggested that Apple was in the process of carrier-testing devices with support for LTE, the high-speed technology used by Verizon Wireless in the U.S.

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