UAE’s Carrier Executive Says iPhone 5 to Support LTE, and Largan’s CEO Conforms 8-Megapixel camera

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2011 - 11:31am.

A statement from Ali Al Ahmad, head of corporate communication at etisalat – a UAE wireless operator, has added fuel to the dying rumor that Apple will release iPhone with LTE support sooner then most analysts expect. He told Gulfnews.com:

"Yes, we are in talks with most smartphone manufacturers including Apple on the rollout of the 4G handset, iPhone 5 later this year. As the first telecom organisation to roll out the 4G network, LTE, in the Middle East, we have already started talking to them for the handsets and chipsets in them."

Previously there were rumors that Apple will start making iPhone supporting LTE network as soon as Qualcomm starts mass production of the next generation of LTE chips that will meet Apple’s power and size requirements. Qualcomm has already announced that they will start production in Q4 2011, so it’s very likely that we will see an iPhone supporting LTE by end of this year or in first quarter of 2012, may be a January announcement.

In other next gen iPhone related news, Largan Precision’s CEO Lin En-ping said in a shareholder meeting that camera lens order for 8-megapixel cameras have been increasing, as many of Largan’s clients are upgrading from five to eight megapixel camera. He named Apple, HTC, Nokia and RIM as the clients. It almost confirmed now that next gen iPhone will have 8-megapixel camera.