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iPhone 5 rumors: Qualcomm chip shortage won’t prevent October launch

by Nicole
May 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes that an October release date for the iPhone 5 is still in the cards despite the reported 28 nm baseband radio chip shortage at Qualcomm.

Munster says reports of 28nm chip shortages at Qualcomm won’t affect the launch of the sixth-generation iPhone in October, Apple Insider reports.

“The bottom line is that we remain comfortable with an October iPhone 5 launch despite the reported 28nm chip shortage at Qualcomm,” Gene Munster said.

“We believe it would be unlikely that a consumer would choose to buy another phone if they are unable to get an iPhone 5 due to short term supply constraints given past launches with limited supply,” he wrote.

“We expect Apple is likely to get favorable treatment in terms of access to 28nm inventory. Net- net, the worst case scenario is that Apple is unable to meet demand in the short term following iPhone 5 launch and units would shift from the December quarter into the March quarter as we don’t believe consumers would simply purchase another phone in most cases if they wanted the iPhone 5 and it was not available,” Forbes reports.

Qualcomm is rumored to be a parts supplier for the next iPhone as the current iPhone 4S uses the company’s dual-mode GSM/CDMA baseband.

The analyst cites Apple’s past history “in dealing with potentially limited components” when stating that this won’t have a negative impact on the launch of the company’s next smartphone.

Munster also shares his predictions regarding Apple’s next flagship device.

“We believe the iPhone 5 will represent the biggest consumer electronics product launch of 2012 as well as the biggest device upgrade cycle in smartphone history,” he writes.

“We believe the iPhone 5 will have a completely redesigned body style, which may more closely resemble the metallic rear panel of the current iPad. We believe there is a 50% chance the new phone has a slightly larger 4+” screen. We believe larger screen size is one of the few areas in which Android devices have been able to compete. Beyond the redesigned body and screen, we believe the new phone will include 4G LTE, upgraded processor and memory, and a higher megapixel camera.”

A redesigned iPhone with LTE is expected to arrive in September or October.

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