Posts Tagged ‘LTE’

Having 4G LTE connectivity on a mobile device is great and all, but when its signal begins to weaken, iOS takes it upon itself to switch to 3G. This is perfectly reasonable, of course, since it conserves battery and makes practical sense to run only 3G where LTE coverage is not necessarily firing to its maximum capacity, but if you don’t want to be mollycoddled by Apple in this regard, then there’s no actual way to halt the auto-switch to 3G. As with so many limitations within the iOS software, though, there’s a remedial tweak out to resolve the issue, and a new entry over at the BigBoss repository will lock your cellular data signal to 4G LTE even when it begins to fade out.

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On its website, Apple waxes poetic about the improvements in LTE speed offered by the iPhone 6. The fact that it, as Apple states, “has more LTE bands than any other smartphone” and “supports more advanced wireless technologies to boost performance” should, in theory, mean that it’s considerably quicker in terms of speed than the preceding iPhone 5s. Taglines and promises are one thing, and as we’ve learned only too many times, real-world performance can often be another, and so to dispel any lingering notion of doubt, you can see the iPhone 6 in a side-by-side speed test with last year’s flagship iPhone 5s below.

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Although we do tend to get somewhat carried away with the exciting features any potential new smartphone can offer us, our sensible side forces us to consider some of the very basics, like signal strength. Without the ability to yield substantial network coverage, your expensive handset can often be rendered useless, and although you might have thought your signal was relatively adequate already, there’s no harm in seeing if you can achieve better. Resident carrier update hacker Joseph Brown has, having previously released a hacked carrier update for T-Mobile offering an overall stronger signal to consumers, done the same kind of thing again, but this time, for certain iPhone and iPad devices on AT&T.

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After what seems like an eternity, T-Mobile is finally getting onto the iPhone bandwagon as announced by the company earlier this week. If you can’t wait until next month for your T-Mobile iPhone 5, then you’re in luck, because thanks to a handy little jailbreak mod, you can get T-Mobile’s shiny new LTE hotness on your iPhone 5, right now.

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When the Nexus 4 was announced as next Android flagship, there was no mention of any 4G/LTE support. Then, when the phone came out mid-November, there was, again, no LTE support again – not very surprisingly, though, since supporting 4G would have essentially meant manufacturing multiple versions of the device to make it agreeable for all the different 4G bands around the globe – an approach that Apple had to adopt with the iPhone 5. LG, however, decided to avoid going down that road, and hence, Nexus 4 stuck to the plain old 3G bands.

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If you thought that just because we are less than a week away from the official Apple media event, then we are done with the emergence of iPhone-related speculation and rumors, well, it’s probably the time to think again. Although Tim Cook and his team will take to the stage of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in just five days time, the sixth-generation iPhone rumor mill is still managing to grind out some new and rather interesting possibilities.

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The patent fight has often been analogized as being like the Cold War, and it’s a battle which Apple appears to be winning right now, given that Judge Lucy Koh recently ruled in favor of Apple in the well-documented San Jose fiasco. Samsung was hit pretty hard by the decision of the jury, and as well as losing a billion dollars plus (barring a successful appeal), the Korean outfit has been made to look like the inferior, copycat company.

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As we all know, despite constant pleas of innocence, Samsung was judged to have indeed infringed on several Apple patents, and a jury – overseen by Judge Lucy Koh – ordered the South Korean company to compensate its Cupertino rival to the tune of over one billion dollars.

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The talk about 4G LTE data services has been rife recently with a number of manufacturers pushing out new devices with LTE compatibility, effectively allowing consumers to significantly increase their mobile data speeds to somewhere around the 20Mbps region. That is obviously fantastic for consumers who live in regions and territories that have the infrastructure to offer that service, but is a bit of a kick in the teeth for those who don’t. The LTE based news that is coming out of the United Kingdom today will represent good news for some, but will be a bitter pill to swallow for others, including most of the major UK based mobile networks.

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The next-generation iPhone, which the tech world has presumptuously dubbed the “iPhone 5” is purported to be releasing in the next couple of months, and although there has been plenty of speculation with regards to new features, one that has always seemed a certainty is the implementation of 4G LTE.

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Whilst many features of the next iPhone device remain a rumor or mystery, the consensus seems to be that the unofficially-dubbed “iPhone 5” device will be the first Apple smartphone to include a 4G LTE chip. With that in mind, it has now emerged that Taiwanese company Qualcomm is gearing itself up to produce it.

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With the iPad 3 launch only two days away, the rumors and speculation are rapidly increasing. While most blogs are quite sure that the iPad 3 will pack a 2048×1536 resolution retina display, an improved camera, and a new, possibly quad-core Apple A6 chipset, one item on the list of rumors that has been far more “out there” is the possibility of the iPad 3 supporting 4G LTE. Today, credible Apple blog iMore – the same site that broke the news that the iPad 3 event is on March 7th – has received word from that same source that the iPad 3 will indeed be getting 4G LTE.

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