Chinese carrier China Unicom has revealed at a presentation given at Macworld Asia that the iPhone 5 will support HSPA+. As Makotara reports, a slide was presented about the evolution of iPhone connectivity, from the first generation to the soon to be announced iPhone 5.
The China Unicom speaker gave important details (opens in new tab) about the next generation iPhone; while keeping its design features under wraps, the representative of the Chinese carrier mentioned that the iPhone 5 will access its HSPA+ network, which has a theoretical download speed of 21 Mbps.
If this is the case, it will be an important step forward, in comparison to the 7.2 Mbps speed currently available on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3 with WCDMA radio connectivity. The first iPhone, released at the beginning of 2007 with EDGE data connections for 480Kbps, is almost forgotten in terms of connectivity.
On the American market there are two wireless carriers that have HSPA+ networks, one being AT&T, which is already in alliance with Apple for the upcoming iPhone; the other carrier, T-Mobile, is for the moment excluded from any deal with Apple, probably because of the ongoing process of being acquired by AT&T.
Although both carriers advertise having "4G" connectivity, they haven't really developed fourth generation technology to its full expansion (some would consider it as fast 3G).