During its analyst call last month, Qualcomm admitted that it was having problems meeting customer demand for its new 28nm chip. And it was reported that if the shortage continued into the next few quarters, it would definitely affect handsets that are expected to be released this year. Now since the iPhone 5 release dateis set for this October, the situation is likely to affect Apple’s decision of launching an LTE version of the device.
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Apple plans its moves carefully and when it comes to choosing chipsets for its device it is known never to take any risks. TheCupertinotherefore has never accepted any component in its first production run. The 28nm chip is Qualcomm’s second generation is LTE modem would represent Apple’s first probable platform to launch the LTE version.
Now according to analyst Gene Munster along with Piper Jaffray, Qualcomm is facing supply issues for its 28-nm LTE baseband which indicates that the next iPhone is going to be released this October and not before that. He also confirmed his belief that Qualcomm wouldn’t have a problem in supporting the fourth-quarter iPhone launch with LTE 4-G connectivity. Apple is believed to include LTE among its iPhone 5 features.
Apple has had to deal with supply shortages before soMunsterthinks it won’t be affected by this shortage either. According to the analyst, the iPhone 5 is going to be completely redesigned with resemblance to the metal rear panel of the latest iPad. Besides, the device would also sport an almost 4-inch large screen. Lastly, he also said that the upcoming iPhone 5 will be featuring 4G LTE, a higher resolution camera and an upgraded processor and memory.
Besides Munsterm there are many other analysts who are of the very same view that the 28-nm chip supply shortage will not have any effect on the release date of Apple’s next generation iPhone.