Munster: iPhone 5 release likely to fall in October, cites supply issues

Gene Munster, a well-known analyst from Piper Jaffray claims that even if Apple wanted to release the next iPhone in June or July, they couldn’t. It’s widely expected that since the iPad makes use of 4G LTE networks, that the 6th generation iPhone will also feature the same connectivity. In terms of hardware, that’s the Qualcomm 4G chipset.

Why that bears any significance is that Qualcomm is currently struggling with production volumes.

“It is more likely the phone launches in October given Qualcomm commentary around 28nm chip supply,” he said. “We believe Apple will include LTE in the iPhone 5 as an important feature in the product update.”

While the October timeframe is nothing new to us, the reasons why are at least plausible, and not based on an unnamed source who happens to have overheard something whilst having his bi-weekly haircut. This is based on the fact that the company who makes the chips, is increasing its capacity at a rate which would indicate a large product launch: iPhone.

The possibility of Apple releasing an LTE-less device is there, but, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Technology tends to make its way around the iOS devices, and I’ll be very surprised if the next iPhone isn’t 4G. A4 chip went from iPad to iPhone 4, A5 went from iPad 2 to iPhone 4S, 4GLTE and the A5X should make the same leap.

Stepping back to the naming argument. If it is 4G, do you think Apple will call it the “iPhone 4G” just to confuse the hell out of people who have the 4/4S? I would enjoy that, and Phil Schiller can have another one of his “we did it to surprise people” moments. Keep us guessing Apple, it’s what we love about you.

Via: Apple Insider

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  • Zach

    It’s actually rather likely that Apple would call it the iPhone 4G, especially since the second generation model was the iPhone 3G. However, I could also see Apple just dropping the rest of the name and calling it simply the iPhone, as was done with the new third generation iPad. I highly doubt it will be dubbed the iPhone 5, considering the 4S is the fifth generation of the device. That being said, people will keep referring to it as the iPhone 5, exactly like how people say the new iPad is the iPad 3. Lets not forget that all of the rumors before the 4S was launched said the device was going to be the iPhone 5, and that never happened. It’s extremely unlikely that there will ever be an iPhone 5. However, the new model might become known as the iPhone 6, as it will be the sixth generation of the device, which makes much more sense. Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see, because that’s exactly what Apple wants us to do.