iPhone 5 release date: October launch with Qualcomm LTE chip, analyst says

According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Qualcomm is likely to release the next-gen iPhone in the fall due to supply issues with its 28-nanometer LTE chip.

However, he believes that the company will still be able to offer 4G LTE support for a fourth-quarter launch of an iPhone 5.

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

Nonetheless, to Munster the release date of the iPhone is 5 “irrelevant” as the most important aspect regarding Apple’s next smartphone is the fact that it will be a “compelling” upgrade that he believes is likely to come with LTE connectivity.

Last month, the Cupertino company was rumored to use Qualcomm’s “MDM9615” LTE chip, with support for both voice and data connections on high-speed LTE networks.

The iPhone 5 has long been rumored to have a fall release date. Other reports have talked about a possible launch in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.