A financial analyst firm stated yesterday that Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone would be manufactured in Q3 which would lead to a possible launch later in the year.
FBR Capital Markets said that the next iPhone would incorporate a single baseband chip compatible with both GSM and CDMA networks and an 8MP camera (iPhone 4 has a 5 MP camera) with a CMOS sensor from Omnivision. Due to the new chip, Apple will no longer have to manufacture two different iPhone versions, one for GSM and another for CDMA models as it currently does.
The firm also added that around 8 million iPhone 5 and 12 million iPhone 4 handsets would be manufactured in Q3. FBR Capital Markets also added that Sony could be the backup sensor supplier for iPhone 5 cameras in the following year and the company could also give up Intel as baseband supplier and buy integrated GSM-CDMA chips from Qualcomm.
Other analysts have suggested the iPhone 5 could incorporate Apple’s dual-core A5 processor, currently used in the iPad 2. Thus, the smartphone could run apps far better and play 1080p graphics. In comparison, the iPhone 4 is powered by an A4 chip and can play 729p video.
Apple has not commented and they continue to be very secretive about iPhone 5 launch date.