Secret iPhone 5 Specs Leaked

It seems that Apple didn’t reveal the full list of specifications pertaining to the iPhone 5.

Due to LTE fragmentation, Apple had to create three versions of the iPhone 5 – a CDMA handset, as well as two GSM models, with one being made for US carrier AT&T. However, the AT&T model seems to support LTE on two unlisted bands (cellular and PCS) if leaked FCC documentation is anything to go by. ExtremeTech had the scoop:

Officially, Apple states that it supports LTE band class 17 (lower 700MHz without A block) and LTE band class 4 (AWS-1, 1.7GHz/2.1GHz) for Release 9 LTE. However, the FCC documents for the device state that it also supports LTE band class 2 (PCS, 1.9GHz) and LTE band class 5 (Cellular 850, 850MHz) as well. That means that this device actually supports four LTE bands, not two.

GigaOM, however, states that AT&T has been actively looking for new bands to deploy LTE:

It just submitted an enormously complex proposal to the FCC that would allow it to turn its now useless 2.3 GHz into a private LTE band. But with these new frequencies in the iPhone hint at another possibility: Ma Bell may be planning to cannibalize its 2G and 3G networks to gain more LTE capacity.

AT&T is now asking permission from the Federal Communications Commission to turn its not-defunct 2.3 GHz spectrum into LTE.


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