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Apple Suppliers Prepare For October Release Of LTE iPhone 5

The latest information about Apple might disappoint fans hoping to see the new iPhone being unveiled this summer, with rumours suggesting that Apple's suppliers won't be able to deliver the product in time for a June or July release.

According to a recent report from Gene Munster, analyst at Piper Jaffray, the main culprit is Qualcomm - as apparently the company will not be able to deliver the LTE chips in time. The manufacturer is facing its own supply issues regarding its 28-nanometer LTE baseband.

"It is more likely the phone launches in October given Qualcomm commentary around 28nm chip supply," predicts Gene Munster. "We believe Apple will include LTE in the iPhone 5 as an important feature in the product update," he has added.

Even if Qualcomm will be able to ship the required LTE chips to Foxconn and Apple somehow manages to unveil the sixth generation iPhone before the scheduled October launch, the supply constraints will negatively impact upon Apple's operations.

However, Munster believes that the timing of the next iPhone's release is "irrelevant," and that the main priority is for Apple to provide a "compelling" upgrade - which he suspects will offer a connectivity feature.

Source: AppleInsider (opens in new tab)

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