As everyone pretty much knows by now, Apple have finally confirmed that they will be holding a press event on the 12th September, and the invite sent to many tech journalists in the photo above pretty much confirms that the iPhone 5 will be announced.
As usual, there are many, many rumours flying around the internet as to what will be inside the new iPhone, what it will look like, and there have been so many leaks over this iteration that it feels as though we already know everything about the iPhone 5 that there is to know, including its probable shape. Hopefully Apple have just been leaking lots of random stuff to keep everyone’s interest and it looks nothing like any leaked pictures or memo’s but we’ll see. A surprise of 2 would be nice though.
Ah yes the whole reason for this post. The Wall Street Journal have reported that one of their source’s have stated that the iPhone 5 will support multinational LTE, meaning you can travel around the world and stay connected to the lightning fast data that LTE provides in not only the US, but in Europe and Asia as well. Whilst this of course has not yet been confirmed by Apple, it would be an incredible feat for Apple due to varying design, and connectivity issues from one country to the next.
Why are Samsung in this post? Well, they happen to hold a rather large number of patents on LTE (819 to be precise) and have threatened that if Apple do release a LTE device, they will sue Apple for patent infringement.
Samsung, likely to still be smarting from their $1.05 billion loss to Apple in the courts recently, seem to have ignored the iPad 3, which also has LTE connectivity. It’s likely that Samsung are waiting for the iPhone 5. It’s a shrewd and smart move to wait for Apples ‘next big thing’ however if it went to court, Samsung would have to explain why they didn’t sue over the iPad 3…..and then the whole thing will start over.
Apple only have 434 LTE patents, so it may be that Apple have suitable armed themselves against a potential lawsuit, and that they have changed enough technologically, so that Samsung are unable to sue. And if they do, well there’s that $1.05 billion they can use to pay for it.