Apple LTE-enabled iPhone 4S unlikely to launch in 2011, say sources

Updated:2011/5/18 13:10

Apple is unlikely to launch LTE-enabled iPhone 4S smartphones in 2011 as originally planned due to problems concerning yield rates of LTE chips offered by Qualcomm, according to industry sources. Meanwhile, the top-three telecom carriers in China – China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom – have all expressed to their interest to sell iPhone 4S in the China market.

Apple is likely to delay the launch of its LTE-enabled iPhones to 2012, said the sources, noting that the industry had also long been skeptical about the launch of LTE iPhones in 2011 as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured.

In other news, the sources indicated that China Mobile is expected to reach an agreement with Apple to sell iPhone 4S smartphones in China in September at the earliest due to its large subscriber base.

By the end of 2011, the number of 3G mobile subscribers in China is expected to top over 61.9 million, of which 26.99 million subscribers will use China Mobile's TD-SCDMA networks, the sources noted.

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