Its been just over a month since the new iPad came out and already the rumors of a new iPhone a.k.a the iPhone 5 are heating up. A new report by Apple Insider notes that according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, Apple is looking to introduce the next iPhone with Qualcomm LTE chip in October of this year. However, the analyst also claimed that Qualcomm is facing supply issues for its 28-nanometer LTE baseband for Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. Rumors of Qualcomm’s MDM9615 LTE chip have been linked to iPhone 5 in the past as well, which supports both voice and data connections on high-speed 4G LTE networks.
According to the source:
[…] he (Gene Munster) expects that Qualcomm, based on increased capital spending this year from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, will have the capacity to support a fourth-quarter launch of a new iPhone with LTE 4G connectivity.
“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.”
Regardless, the timing of the launch of the next iPhone is “irrelevant,” Munster believes. All that matters is that Apple’s next iPhone is a “compelling” upgrade, a requirement that he believes the company will meet with connectivity to high-speed long-term evolution data networks.
Majority of iPhone 5 rumors have indicated that it will launch in the fall of 2012, about a year after the iPhone 4S debuted.