New iPhone is rumored to have 4G LTE connectivity, a 4.6 inch display, and a redesigned body that will be similar to the iPad and iPod touch. As with Apple products, rumors are rumors until evidence starts to show up to prove them true. A string of code in iOS 5.1 was found by Cydia developer Krishna Sagar and he states that Apple is working on, or at least testing, an LTE iPhone. The evidence shows that we could see Apple bringing FaceTime over 4G capabilities (currently only officially available over a Wi-Fi connection). Plus the code also reveals the text “Using LTE loads data faster.”, and also “Enable LTE”. Video below.
FaceTime strings are also quite interesting, and seem to indicate FaceTime over 4G. The codes show warnings that turning off 4G will end a FaceTime call, or that it is a possibility. The first string for FaceTime is for a call taking place entirely on 4G, while the second is for a FaceTime call switching between 4G and Wi-Fi.
When Steve Jobs first introduced FaceTime on the iPhone 4, he mentioned that it would remain Wi-Fi only for 2010. Now, in 2012 with 4G LTE networks we may finally be able to use FaceTime outside of Wi-Fi networks.
Though given how fast new iPad users are going through 4G data limits, FaceTime over 4G might cause more problems than it’s worth. Unless Apple finds a way to make it use less mobile data.