Originally Posted by cvaldes1831
Apple has typically been relatively conservative in picking cellular technologies for its handsets, typically waiting for a given cellular network technology to be well deployed on a worldwide basis before implementing it in their handset. In the last iteration, the iPhone 4S stuck to well-proven HSPA+ technology rather than try to implement LTE (which would have been problematic concerning battery life issues).
Actually. if you look at the landscape of 4G LTE patents, you will clearly see why. Apple has almost zero presence in 4G LTE patent portfolio. Well, that is not 100% true since they had the right to use Nortel's 4G LTE patents bought by the consortium which include Apple, Microsoft, Sony and RIM. Unfortunately, those 158 Nortel 4G LTE patents represent only a paltry 1.8% of total 4G LTE patents. Can you guess who owns the most 4G LTE patents? It's Apple's mortal enemy and supplier Samsung. And, If you go further, Android partnership holds close to 30% of total 4G LTE patents issued so far. It's like you can not go using certain 4G LTE technology without stepping onto your mortal enemy's foot. Hey, you have decided to start going "thermonuclear war" with your enemy, then you will have to be sure that you can fend yourself against the radioactive fallouts.
The use of 4G LTE's technology will force Apple's hand. They must use Qualcomm chip to secure the safety of the considerable 4G LTE patents that Qualcomm owns [710 patents]. Apple had signed a cross-licensing deal with Nokia [293 patents] after the latter alleged Apple's of patent infringements. In addition, they must secure additional licenses from prominent 4G LTE patent owners, such as Samsung [1177 patents], Panasonis [389 patents], Interdigital [336 patents], Motorola [224 patents], Sony [189 patents], LG [224 patents], and so on. And these people own REAL patents, not imaginary ones often claimed by a company with a fruit name which had fallen onto Isaac Newton's head once.
Apple's screw up in Australia and EU when they sold Ipad 3 with wrong 4G LTE band explains so many things about this company's idiocy. When you designate your device to be 4G LTE capable, then it has to be 4G LTE capable. So, if you sell your device in EU, Australia or Uranus with 4G LTE label on it, then it must be capable to do 4G LTE there. Is that a very difficult concept to understand? After all, Apple is a company without flaws. The death grip issue, for example, was Apple's fanboys fault for not holding the phone exactly like the way described in the already patented Apple's phone holding schematic as issued by USPTO.