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iPhone 5 'dropping October despite chip shortage'

iPhone 5 'dropping October despite chip shortage'

The iPhone 5 will be along in October as expected, industry wonks have predicted, despite reports that a component shortage threatens to derail the launch.

Gene Munster of analysis firm Piper Jaffray shrugged off concerns that Apple manufacturing partner Qualcomm is struggling to secure stock of the 28 nm baseband radio chips it requires for iPhone processors.

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Writing in a note to investors, Munster states: “We believe there is an 80 per cent chance Apple will be able to meet our 49 million estimate given the constrained supply.”

Helping to ameliorate the impact of a parts shortage for Apple is that the tech giant will get “favourable treatment” from suppliers and partners, he claims.

Munster closed with a frankly astonishing prediction about what he expects from the next iPhone – especially from someone in a profession with a reputation for sawdust-dry, super-sober analysis.

Forecasting that it will be the “biggest device upgrade cycle in smartphone history”, he backed Apple to boost the handset’s screen, completely redesign the shell and ditch the current-gen phone's all-Gorilla Glass construction for a metallic rear panel.



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