Digitimes, which quotes its usual industry deep throats, claims that Jobs’ Mob wanted to release an LTE-enabled iPhone 4S smartphones this year.
However the cunning plan has been placed on the back-burner because the yield rates of the LTE chips offered by Qualcomm was not up to scratch.
Apple was under a fair bit of pressure to get an LTE version of the phone up and running because China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom wanted to flog it to the lucrative Chinese market. Few, however thought it would manage this year, partly because of production time and the fact that LTE networks were still a bit half-baked behind the bamboo curtain.
However, word on the street is that Apple will delay the launch of its LTE-enabled iPhones to 2012.
In the meantime China Mobile is expected to reach an agreement with Apple to sell iPhone 4S smartphones in China in September. This will be good news for Jobs’ Mob as China Mobile is one of the biggest suppliers.
Analysts think that by the end of the year there will be 61.9 million 3G mobile customers in China and 26.99 million subscribers will use China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA networks. Of course few of them will be able to afford Jobs’ Mob gear.