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iPhone 5 to be 4G, 7-inch iPad with dual cameras incoming

iPhone 5 to be 4G, 7-inch iPad with dual cameras incoming

iPhone 5 speculations have been flowing in at a steady pace and the latest comes from an analyst who predicts Apple’s next blower will be 4G-enabled.

Ashok Kumar, managing director and analyst at Rodman and Renshaw, said: "The iPhone 5 will likely use a two-chip modem, allowing the company to create 3G and 4G products."

Kumar also revealed that Apple has chosen Qualcomm as the supplier for its future iPhone handsets.

"We believe the company has selected Qualcomm as its modem supplier for the CDMA iPhone as well as for the iPhone 5.

"Switching suppliers for something as critical as a baseband (3G/4G) modem is a very complex and time-consuming task."

How this will affect customers in the UK is still the unknown, as 4G technology is still largely at a testing and experimental phase in the UK.

HTC released the first ever 4G handset stateside earlier this year, the Evo, running on the Android platform.

In other Apple news, a research note issued by Kumar also revealed that Apple is already working on the next generation iPad, which will reportedly feature both front and rear facing cameras to take advantage of Apple’s FaceTime technology.

It would also be smaller device, with a seven-inch screen. Considering that most of Apple’s rivals are focussing on a more portable form factor, a smaller iPad makes sense.

The tablet is expected to hit store shelves as early as the first quarter of 2011, which is sooner than expected given Apple’s usual 12-month cycle for releasing new iterations of iOS devices.

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