Verizon Favoring Apple Another Year

10 Oct 2013

ABI Research reports Apple is still not supporting SVLTE or SVDO. The iPhone 5s and 5c are variants of the original iPhone 5, only sporting new lower cost housing in the case of the 5c and a new application processor, sensor hub, and finger print ID in the 5s. However, what both of the newly introduced products are clearly missing are improvements in Wi-Fi and LTE. While the latest offerings from competitors include 802.11ac (a Wi-Fi upgrade) and LTE-Advanced, Apple elected to stay with last year’s technology for both.

The RF section in the 5s does support additional bands for LTE which means it can be used in additional locations and with additional carriers but with the same performance as the iPhone 5. Even so, the most notable omission is for the variant carried by Verizon. Verizon has required its handset suppliers to support SVLTE and SVDO for some time now; however, Apple received a pass last year with the introduction of the iPhone 5 and it appears it has received another pass this year with the 5s and 5c.

In order to support SVLTE or SVDO, a CDMA based phone must have two RF chains and most Verizon (a CDMA carrier) LTE phones do, with the iPhone as the exception. Apple appears to be the only handset manufacturer with enough clout to dictate handset specifications—2 years running. It is understood that the selling power of Apple warrants some exceptions but we expected that after a year Apple would have included the capability in their iPhone 5 variants—the 5s and 5c,” comments Jim Mielke, VP of engineering, ABI Research.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Teardown Services.

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit, or call +1.516.624.2500.

About ABI Research

ABI Research is a global technology intelligence firm uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology solution providers and end-market companies. We serve as the bridge that seamlessly connects these two segments by providing exclusive research and expert guidance to drive successful technology implementations and deliver strategies proven to attract and retain customers.

ABI Research 是一家全球性的技术情报公司,拥有得天独厚的优势,充当终端市场公司和技术解决方案提供商之间的桥梁,通过提供独家研究和专业性指导,推动成功的技术实施和提供经证明可吸引和留住客户的战略,无缝连接这两大主体。

For more information about ABI Research’s services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific, or visit

Contact ABI Research

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670

Related Service