The next iPhone could support mobile internet speeds that dwarf those offered by the current-gen model, it has emerged.

According to Korea Times, Apple is mulling incorporating LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) connectivity in its next-generation smartphone, enabling it to reach connection speeds of up to 150Mbps.

LTE-A is the next standard of 4G technology, following on from the long-term-evolution (LTE) tech that features in the iPhone 5, and is twice as fast as its predecessor.

An unnamed exec at SK Telecom claims that the Korean network is discussing LTE-A with Apple, having worked with Samsung to incorporate the technology in the Galaxy S4 last year.

The executive said: “SK Telecom is approaching Apple to put our LTE-A technology on the upcoming iPhone 5S. We are in the middle of negotiations.”

Samsung is the sole mobile phone-maker to offer a phone with LTE-A and is expected to equip the Galaxy Note 3 with support for the new standard when it launches later this year.


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By Jonathan Leggett