Analyst: Next iPhone Will be Thinner; May Include Quad-Mode Chip to Support All 3G and 4G LTE Networks

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will be slimmer and include a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that will enable it to support 3G and 4G LTE networks across “network flavors”.
As for Apple ‘s next iPhone , Huberty said details on the device remained “sparse,” but she believes the device will be ready at the end of the second quarter. The launch will depend on “manufacturing yields,” she said, adding that she expects the next-gen iPhone to arrive in the third quarter “unless competition heats up.”
According to her, new touch panel technology will enable Apple to make the device thinner. Huberty also claimed Apple is “considering” new casing materials.
Huberty said it appears that the next-generation iPhone will incorporate Qualcomm’s quad-mode chip that would allow it to “run on all 3G and LTE network flavors,” but she said it was “too early to know for sure.” If Apple were to ink a deal with China Mobile, it would increase confidence that Apple would utilize the chip, she added.
“What is clear about iPhone 5 is that Apple and its supply chain are positively surprised by the demand for iPhone 4S, which increases confidence in strong sales for iPhone 5 later this year. Overall, the supply chain looks for stronger than market growth for both the iPhone (50%+ y/y vs. market 20-30%) and the iPad (20-40% growth, higher with a lower priced iPad 2),” she wrote.
Earlier in the week, T-Mobile USA CTO had also revealed in an interview that the
, indicating that Apple could finally start selling the iPhone on T-Mobile USA’s network.
However, few things need to fall in place for it to happen. At the
, Tim Cook had explained why
“The first generation of LTE chip-sets force a lot of design compromises with the handset, and some of those we are just not willing to make”
The design compromise that had to be made in 4G phones were evident in the first 4G capable phone in the U.S. – Verizon’s Thunderbolt (via
[the phone] relies on a pair of chips to work. One chip, from Samsung, communicates with Verizon’s 4G networks, allowing the handset to achieve blazing data speeds of between 5 and 20 MBPS. Another chip, from Qualcomm, lets the handset talk to Verizon’s 3G network.
So Apple would most likely come out with a 4G iPhone only when unified chips supporting both 3G and 4G would be available. That and of course if the battery life doesn’t take a huge hit. It looks like Qualcomm’s MDM9615 modem is the ideal chip that meets Apple ‘s requirement.
However, it is not
to begin shipping until the second quarter of this year, which means that the earliest the 4G LTE iPhone can be introduced is by the third quarter of 2012.

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