iPhone 5 made in three versions to support LTE worldwide… Here are the specs
You might have thought you got all the details about Apple’s new handset yesterday, as just about every tech site did their due diligence and published an iPhone 5 roundup… But what if we told you Apple is actually releasing THREE new iPhones? It’s not nearly as intriguing as it sounds, but read on for more about the slight radio frequency modifications that were required to make the iPhone 5 work on LTE worldwide.
Turns out, LTE presents a lot more challenges than HSPA+. It’s for that reason that Apple actually had to make three distinct versions of the iPhone 5 (although you’d never know they were different by looking at the outside). In order to match up with the LTE networks that are found throughout the world, Apple had to drift away from the single-model iPhone that was the iPhone 4S. It’s no surprise that the three different iPhone 5 models didn’t get a mention yesterday, as the truth of the situation is probably less unified than Apple would like. But it is what it is, and with LTE speeds becoming standard in the industry, what other option did they have? Here’s a breakdown of which models go along with which frequencies:
- GSM model A1428*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
- CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
- GSM model A1429*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5)