Apple is expected to launch a new version of its popular iPhone handset next year that will include an embedded 4G LTE radio. In line with numerous rumors to the same effect, DigiTimes on Tuesday reported that Apple is prepping a 4G LTE-compatible iPhone that is expected by its anonymous industry sources to launch in 2012. The report also claimed that Nokia, RIM and Sony Ericsson will launch LTE phones next year, joining popular LTE-enabled smartphone vendors Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG. Citing the GSMA, DigiTimes notes that there are currently 35 live LTE networks around the world and that number is expected to surpass 100 by the end of 2012. Market research firm In-Stat expects shipments of 4G LTE handsets to surpass 154 million units in 2015.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.