Job listings on Apple´s website asking for software engineers with knowledge of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture indicate that the American technology magnate is planning on implementing various wireless telephony technologies in its next generation of iOS for the iPhone.
The speculation is reported in American business technology magazine GigaOM, who has noted that Apple´s request for candidates with experience of essential voice signal technologies implies the California-based company are readying voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software, or voice over LTE (VoLTE) for its line of iPhone devices.
At present, iPhone doesn´t support LTE as it is considered by Apple chiefs that the technology is not advanced or stable enough in its present form. Some US networks such as Verizon have been running LTE-capable mobiles on 3G LTE software and are now preparing the launch of 4G LTE after successful testing revealed it capabilities are much more efficient than previous versions.
The positive results of the testing has alerted Apple officials who showed signs they do intend to introduce the technology to their hardware when they launched the LTE-capable iPhone 4S last October. Phones with the 4G LTE software make web browsing speeds much quicker. Several companies with phones working in an Android based platforms such as Motorola and Samsung are already using the 4G LTE connectivity on their phones and Apple are eager to bring the line of iPhones level with the competition.
It seems inevitable that the next-generation of iPhone will feature the latest advancements in technology and there has been a lot of speculation as to what Apple will do with the technology. The latest job listing´s is the stronger clue yet. One of the listing also indicates Apple could be planning on a real-time chat feature using the new technology.
If that is the case, it could mean the end to the Instant Messenger Service (IMS) and future products will have new and exciting ways of communicating. Even if this is not the case it seems as though Apple may be flirting with the idea of introducing a new means of communication and a possible solution might be a feature that supports IMS rather than replaces it, as Apple consistently put emphasis on user experience rather than trial and error projects – in other words they phase ideas into their technology gradually.
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