Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster revealed in a note to investors last Thursday that the Taiwan-based semiconductor manufacturing company Qualcomm is facing supply issues for its 28-nanometer long-term evolution baseband. However, Munster deems that Apple will still be able to release its next-generation iPhone this October.
4G-Enabled Next-Generation iPhone
There were rumors that the Cupertino-based company would release its upcoming mobile phone in fall 2012, almost a year after iPhone 4S was released. The company usually unveils its new iteration of the handset every June during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference. But last year, Apple uncharacteristically announced its iOS 5 during the WWDC June 2011, while the iPhone 4S was announced in October—a month dedicated to iPod Touch announcements.
Munster believes that the upcoming handset is more likely to feature a 4G LTE connectivity. Whether or not Apple will release its next-generation iPhone in October, the important thing is that it will be a compelling upgrade from iPhone 4S. This could be possible if the company can add the 4G LTE connectivity to their next handset.
Last month, it was reported that Apple will use Qualcomm’s MDM9615 LTE chip, which supports both voice and data connection. This is different from the new iPad’s MDM9600, which only offers data connection since the device cannot be used for phone calls. The company is also in the midst of testing and evaluating potential components of its upcoming mobile phone.
4-inch Screen and Unibody Case for Apple’s next iPhone
The next-generation iPhone was rumored to feature a unibody case and a 4-inch screen. In a note to investors sent out by Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets last April 9, he stated:
“In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reason that consumers decide to upgrade.”
A Bright Future for Apple
Because of the company’s dominance in the consumer electronics market, White deems that Apple can reach a stock price of $1,001 when they release the next-generation iPhone during the fourth quarter of 2012. About the company’s future, he said:
“Driven by an ever-expanding portfolio of innovative products, a growing integrated digital grid, unmatched aesthetics, and a brand that is able to touch the soul of consumers of all backgrounds, Apple fever is spreading like wildfire around the world and we see no end in sight of this trend.”
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