Rumor: Next iPhone to Launch in October With 4G LTE Chip and In-Cell Touch Panel

April 20, 2012 — by Sette Capati0



Rumor: Next iPhone to Launch in October With 4G LTE Chip and In-Cell Touch Panel

April 20, 2012 — by Sette Capati0

4g lteWhat’s next on the new iPhone?

Probably, you have imagined how the next iPhone will look like. While most of us are busy ticking some jailbreak tweaks and apps on our devices, the next iPhone is already rolled out for production.

One of the sources mentioned that the next iPhone would be released in October, this year. The reason – thanks to LTE chip shortage, and now we have to wait for our new handset until October.

According to Gene Munster analyst for Piper Jaffray, “even if Apple had indeed wished to bring the next iPhone to market sooner rather than later, it could not thanks to shortages being suffered by LTE chip maker Qualcomm.”

We all know LTE is now part of the new iPad’s feature, and Munster believes that the next generation iPhone will also pick up the 4G speed.

Well, if the next iPhone will be released this October, its debut will be a full twelve months after the iPhone 4S launching. Possibly, LTE will be an integral feature on the next iPhone considering the release will be delayed.

Now that the new iPad runs in 4G speed, it is likely that the next iPhone will support the faster data network.

Aside from the 4G data networks such as LTE, Munster mentions that the next iPhone will have a redesigned body – made of ‘liquid metal’.

Another batch of rumors also claims that Apple could make use of thinner in-cell touch panels for the next-generation iPhone. According to Digitimes, the next generation of iPhone is likely to adopt in-cell touch panel:

Apple’s new iPhone, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012, is likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD), according to sources in Apple’s supply chain.

An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers, the sources noted.

Sharp will produce the in-cell panels at its 5.5G lines, while TMD will utilize its 6G lines for production, indicated the sources, adding that the two makers will begin to ramp up in-cell panel production in the second quarter of 2012.

If the rumors come true, the phone will be more durable and weigh less with thinner profile. Let’s see how it goes in the coming months.

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Sette Capati

Hi, I'm Krisette C. I'm a technology writer who loves to cover disruptive technologies, trends, and a myriad of rumors and news updates. To satiate the inconsolable longing to feed my gadget addiction, I simply write and tinker my gadgets for reviews. You may follow my blurbs, too! @krisettecapati