Verizon iPhone May Not Support 4G LTE

Apple's fifth generation CDMA iPhone 5, being prepared for use on Verizon Wireless' networks, will not support LTE 4G network.

According to TechCrunch sources, iPhone 5, which is expected to be launched in January, will not support the upcoming mobile broadband standard.

The tech news site also said that the mid-year iPhone refresh will also not support LTE, but instead, Apple will launch an iPhone that supports both GSM and CDMA standards, allowing the phone to run on the network of any service provider.

It seems that Apple is playing it safe when it comes to adopting new technologies such as LTE and is choosing to wait until the 4G standard matures a bit. According to TechCrunch, Apple won't be offering LTE support on iPhone until sometime in 2012.

Apple is taking the same approach it did when launching the first iPhone. Despite the popularity of the 3G network, Apple had released the iPhone on AT&T's 2.5G network, in order to better incorporate the technology with its smartphone before launching it to the market.