AT&T’s attempt at 4G but only came out to be “4G” isn’t a complete waste. They do have LTE now but I appreciate the layer of speed you get with the iPhone 4s between 3G and 4G.
There were some rumors that were leading people to believe that the iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE when it is released. I do not think this will happen.
It is not like Apple to invest into undeveloped technology. Today, even the not so tech savvy people know what 3G is, but there was a time when the technology was out for the public and it still wasn’t good enough for Apple to develop a 3G iPhone. They take pride in releasing products that “just work” as Jobs words it so well. Their target audience is the type of consumer that wants all the power of a super-phone without having to figure it out, like why your 4G isn’t working. Now imagine the frustration of Apple customers that buy a 4G phone that doesn’t get 4G reception. It would be like the Evo all over again, so much hype until you gave it a speed test. Don’t get me wrong, the Evo is an amazing phone now that I can get 4G on it, but I was very disappointed when I first got my hands on one.
Although, something that is possible is about half way through the phone’s cycle, Apple releases a 4G model. This would boost sales and keep the iPhone hype in the market for a much longer period of time. I thought releasing the white iPhone 4 as late as Apple did was foolish. That is, until I saw the sales on the thing.
In summary, don’t expect 4G LTE support on the iPhone 5 but rather in a later version of the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 6.