Tim Cook On Why Verizon iPhone Isn’t LTE

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In a Q&A session after the official announcement of the Verizon iPhone, Tim Cook has answered some interesting questions about the CDMA iPhone, including why it doesn’t run on LTE.

Asked why Apple didn’t embrace Verizon’s LTE network, Cook said: “Two reasons — the first gen LTE chipsets force design changes we wouldn’t make. And Verizon customers told us they want the iPhone now. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been asked ‘when will it work on Verizon.”

He’s referencing LTE’s extraordinary demands on battery life here. Apple doesn’t usually jump on new technologies fresh out of the gate anyway, so it’s to be expected.