Apple iPhone 5 to offer 4G

Apple iPhone 5 to offer 4G

The next Apple iPhone, which is due to be unveiled at a media event this week (September 12th), will feature 4G connectivity, according to sources familiar with the launch.

Reports in the Wall Street Journal, citing the sources, claim that the smartphone will be able to access the fastest mobile broadband around the world.

The devices in the UK will only be able to use 4G once Everything Everywhere's network is up and running.

It is thought the Cupertino giant is hoping to make some ground on its long-term rival Samsung, which has already begun to offer LTE-enabled phones around the world.

However, Apple's careful plans could yet be derailed by HTC, as the Taiwanese firm claims its US competitor has infringed two patents it owns for ways to transmit large amounts of data.

If the claims are held up, HTC could attempt to ban iPhones and iPads from sale, significantly damaging Apple's launch of the new mobile device.