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No 4G iPhone This Year

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This stinks.

After rumors swirled that Apple decided to implement only minor improvements into the next incarnation of the iPhone, Digitimes gives us further confirmation that the iPhone 5 -- or iPhone 4S, as it now may be called -- will not be LTE-enabled. Those who were hoping for next-gen speeds from AT&T and Verizon -- and if the expansion rumors are true, Sprint and T-Mobile -- will likely have to wait until next year.

Industry sources told the site that original plans called for a 4G iPhone, however problems arose regarding the yield rates of LTE chips manufactured by Qualcomm. The slow proliferation of 4G networks was also a factor. According to the site:

"Apple is likely to delay the launch of its LTE-enabled iPhones to 2012, said the sources, noting that the industry had also long been skeptical about the launch of LTE iPhones in 2011 as the implementation of LTE networks has not yet matured."

Although Verizon continues to expand its 4G networks, it's still not fast enough for Apple perfectionism.

Digitimes also suggested a September release date for the iPhone 4S since Apple has lowered iPhone 4 shipments as it gears up for the new arrival.

"Production of iPhone 4S will begin in August and the earliest launch may be in September," Digitimes reports. "All the 3G and CDMA chips for iPhone 4S will be supplied by Qualcomm and the rear camera will be upgraded to a 8-megapixel resolution model with OmniVision Technologies and Taiwan-based Largan Precision to supply image sensors and lens kits respectively, the sources indicated."

It's a shame that Apple decided to not go for gusto with the next model. 4G would've been nice, as would NFC. But, as it was brow-beaten into me in Monday's comments, that's completely and utterly fine.

And Android is absolutely, positively not a threat.

(See also: Apple Picks the Worst Time to Go Subtle and Is Apple Planning a Major Launch This Week?)

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