Feeds

Analyst: 'revolutionary, compelling' iPhone 5 out in October

Waiting for Qualcomm

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apple's iPhone 5 will be out in October and sport a "revolutionary" industrial design. That, plus 4G LTE connectivity courtesy of 28nm Qualcomm chippery, will make the handset a "compelling upgrade".

So said market observer Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, a broker, yesterday.

Munster said the iPhone 5's October debut may be later than fellow pundits - and fanboys - might have hoped for, but the launch window is not only a year on from the debut of the iPhone 4S, but gives chip maker Qualcomm the time it needs up ramp up production of 28nm 4G LTE chips.

"Based on our checks," Munster said, "we believe the design win momentum of Qualcomm's 28nm products has been exceptionally strong and a 28nm LTE baseband is likely designed into the next iPhone."

Qualcomm has been expanding the number of chip foundries capable of punching out its products, added Munster, giving the firm capacity it needs "to support a Q4 LTE iPhone 5 launch".

The 4G version of the iPad 3 uses Qualcomm chips for the cellular radio.

In any case, said Munster, the timing of the iPhone 5's launch doesn't matter: it'll so impress, fanboys and regular punters will snap it up.

Apple sold more than 37m iPhones in the final three months of 2011. Wall Street reckons it'll sell almost 40m in Q4 2012, an eight per cent increase. Munster said the year-on-year sales increase will be rather higher than that. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays
Bad computers might ask if you are Sarah Connor
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis
And goes to the Genius Bar for support
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.