The iPhone 5 won’t be affected by the battery problems that have afflicted other 4G-capable handsets, an industry-watcher has claimed.
In a note to investors, JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz posits that the user-unfriendliness that has seen 4G LTE Android phones dubbed battery and pocket “hogs” will be circumvented by the iPhone 5, which will offer the latest-generation standard and real staying power in a small form factor.
In what is a notably upbeat, cheerleading missive, Moskowitz also dismisses persistent rumours that the launch of the sixth-generation smartphone will affected by supply shortages stemming from production problems.
“We think that the new iPhone 5 will not be hampered by chip and display-related supply chain shortages as previously anticipated,” he states.
His projection in the wake of reports that screen supplier Sharp is struggling to manufacture the super-thin displays rumoured to be on board the phone while keeping costs down.
Set to land later today, the iPhone 5 has been billed as the biggest iPhone upgrade in Apple history. Its putative spec sheet takes in a larger, four-inch screen and a quad-core processor for graphical heavy-lifting and smoother multi-tasking.
Near Field Communication (NFC) chips are also expected to be on board to enable users to swipe their phone over a reader to pay for low-ticket goods and services and swap files by touching handsets together.