links for 2011-08-24

  • Mobile carriers are testing an iPhone with LTE capability, reports Boy Genius Report, the recent king of Apple-related leaks. It even has action shots of code that it says are a smoking gun. Why should we care about 4G LTE? First, a quick refresher one why this is exciting (at least, to geeks who get excited about such things). LTE, which stands for Long Term Evolution, is an extension of the GSM technology currently used around most of the world. A few Android phones already use it. Essentially, it's the next major communications standard, and it's going to make everything faster. In theory, at least, it could offer 100 Mbps download, which MacLife points out "runs circles around current mobile speeds and even eclipses most home broadband." (In reality, in the near-term, LTE speeds won't move at such a clip; Verizon promises 5-12 Mbps.)

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