image source: MacTrast

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Apple’s got something up its sleeve. A recent job listing has fueled speculation that the company might ditch the big wireless carriers for something more homegrown.

Apple is looking for cell phone engineers who know their way around the latest cellular communication standards. For example: the IP Multimedia Subsystem, or IMS, will let carriers pipe voice calls and other phone-to-phone communication over the latest 4G data networks.

So is Apple planning to buck the carriers and open its own voice service? PhoneArena says — probably not.

“It appears instead that Apple is looking for engineers to add voice over LTE capabilities to iOS (presumably for upcoming iPhones), which is somewhat exciting in and of itself.”

The Verge says Apple could be getting a jump on the competition.

“No network anywhere in the world presently supports integrated voice over LTE… it's possible the next iPhone will be among the first wave of VoLTE handsets on the market.”

GigaOM speculates Apple could be planning a new voice system to use on its iDevices.

“The more likely scenario is Apple launches a cross-device VoIP platform that allows customers to trade phone calls among iPhones, iPads and Macs.”

Apple already supports video and text chat between its devices if they all have an internet connection. If an iPhone or iPad is running IMS, though, it could do the same chatting with just a 4G connection. That means the new iPad is ready to go, but where are you going to get a 4G iPhone?

Apple rumor site iMore says you’ll have to wait until October, when the next iPhone is expected to launch with full support for 4G networks.

Is Apple Planning its Own Voice Service?

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Mar 25, 2012

Is Apple Planning its Own Voice Service?

image source: MacTrast

BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS

Apple’s got something up its sleeve. A recent job listing has fueled speculation that the company might ditch the big wireless carriers for something more homegrown.

Apple is looking for cell phone engineers who know their way around the latest cellular communication standards. For example: the IP Multimedia Subsystem, or IMS, will let carriers pipe voice calls and other phone-to-phone communication over the latest 4G data networks.

So is Apple planning to buck the carriers and open its own voice service? PhoneArena says — probably not.

“It appears instead that Apple is looking for engineers to add voice over LTE capabilities to iOS (presumably for upcoming iPhones), which is somewhat exciting in and of itself.”

The Verge says Apple could be getting a jump on the competition.

“No network anywhere in the world presently supports integrated voice over LTE… it's possible the next iPhone will be among the first wave of VoLTE handsets on the market.”

GigaOM speculates Apple could be planning a new voice system to use on its iDevices.

“The more likely scenario is Apple launches a cross-device VoIP platform that allows customers to trade phone calls among iPhones, iPads and Macs.”

Apple already supports video and text chat between its devices if they all have an internet connection. If an iPhone or iPad is running IMS, though, it could do the same chatting with just a 4G connection. That means the new iPad is ready to go, but where are you going to get a 4G iPhone?

Apple rumor site iMore says you’ll have to wait until October, when the next iPhone is expected to launch with full support for 4G networks.

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