[Rumor] Apple To Launch 4G Enabled iPhone & iPad Next Year

In the latest report regarding Apple’s future adoption of LTE/4G for its mobile devices. As reported  by Macotakara on Wednesday, Japane’s Nikkei Business reported that carrier NTT DoCoMo is in talks to release an LTE-capable iPad in the summer of 2012. That would be followed by a new 4G LTE iPhone in the autumn, or one year after the iPhone 4S launched.Executives from NTT DoCoMo reportedly visited Apple in the U.S. this month and met with CEO Tim Cook. Apparently, Apple is looking to release a 4G iPad next year, if this report is to be believed.

A recent report from The Wall Street Journal said that Apple and NTT DoCoMo had been unable to reach an agreement, mainly due to the fact that NTT DoCoMo wanted Apple to let it install its own pre-loaded apps on the iPhone. While Apple will obviously never let such a thing happen, the two seem to have reached some sort of deal that is in the final stages of negotiations.

Carriers are heavily promoting 4G Android devices in advertising campaigns and print marketing. Many analysts believe that Apple must release a 4G iPhone next year to stay relevant. Claims of a 4G LTE iPhone and iPad are not new, and rumors have persisted for years that Apple plans to build such devices. There were even scattered reports claiming that the iPhone 4S would feature LTE, though most reports prior to the device’s announcement pegged 4G as a feature more likely to appear in 2012.

[via - AppleInsider]