With all of the recent talk regarding the next-generation iPhone’s display, the LTE rumors had faded sometime back. Maybe it is because many people assumed that, after the third-gen iPad, the feature would be a lock for Apple’s next smartphone.
The rumors are back now.
Gene Munster, PiperJaffray’s senior Apple analyst told investors that even though there has been some speculation that a Qualcomm chip shortage could affect Apple’s upcoming handset, the next iPhone will still have LTE compatibility.
“The bottom line is that we remain comfortable with an October iPhone 5 launch despite the reported 28nm chip shortage at Qualcomm,” analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider on Monday.
Munster suggests that Apple’s size could help it achieve “favored inventory status” that would lessen the blow from any production woes that Qualcomm is experiencing. The firm also pointed to Apple’s “past experience in dealing with potentially limited components at launch” as reason to believe that the company will remain relatively impervious to the shortage.”
Apple is widely expected to use Qualcomm’s MDM9615 28nm chip in its new iPhone, which is not only smaller than the model sitting in the new iPad, but would also make the handset compatible with several new 4G networks.
Munster finished the note by saying that, in addition to LTE, his firm believed that the next iPhone will feature a redesigned case, a faster processor, upgraded memory and a higher megapixel camera.
Source: iDownload Blog