In what shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, DigiTimes is reporting that Apple will not release an LTE enabled iPhone in 2011. While Tim Cook has previously said that current LTE chipsets would force Apple to make design compromises it wasn’t comfortable with, Irene Chen writes that part of the holdup is the result of low yield rates for Qualcomm’s LTE chips.
That said, the report notes that Apple will delay the launch of an LTE iPhone until 2012, as has been previously rumored.
Apple is expected to launch a new iPhone later this Fall, with late September being the most recent timeframe being tossed around. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen an increasing number of reports refer to the next-gen iPhone as the iPhone 4S as opposed to the iPhone 5.