The next-generation iPhone will feature 4G network support but won’t be with us until much later in the year, market intel suggests.
Gene Munster of analysts Piper Jaffray claims that Apple’s manufacturing partner Qualcomm’s recent admission it is struggling to meet demand for 4G components makes an October launch for the handset likely.
The smartphone had been expected to arrive in August or in June – a month that has marked the arrival of new Apple phones since the first model landed in 2007.
Munster, whose track record in predicting Apple launch dates is enviable, also claims that the phone will ditch the form factor that the company stuck with for the last two generations in favour of a new design.
It’s not clear, however, if the new look will include a larger screen, as has been rumoured since the last-gen iPhone, and is mooted to be between four and 4.6-inches.
The iPhone 5 is also rumoured to feature a more robust construction with ultra-sonic bonding, a waterproof coating and an A5CX processor.
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