According to this article at Telecoms.com, Apple vetted telcos on their LTE performance before allowing them to release the iPhone 5.
Apple is not allowing mobile operators to offer the iPhone 5 as an LTE device unless they pass the Californian vendor’s own, independent tests for LTE network performance, Swisscom has confirmed.
This is news to many as previously, handset manufacturers do not have the clout to demand such tests and it is usually the carriers who have the upperhand. However, with the popularity of the iPhone and Apple’s own expectation of their products working in all environment, it is no surprise that this is happening.
Which makes me wonder if Apple has slackened with their test on Singapore’s three telcos – that is if they bothered with our market at all.
Anyone from local Telcos has any thoughts on this?