As you may have noticed, the past week was teeming with iPhone 5 rumors, despite the sobering fact that the next-generation smartphone isn't the next refreshed product we will see from Apple. But, apparently, with no major shockers in store for the iPad 3, the tech industry would prefer to buzz right along about a phone that we may not see for eight to ten more months.
Here's the latest on iPhone 5 expectations according to well-known and credible Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. The Wall Street watcher tells Bloomberg today that her sources and expectations are mostly in line with what is being reported elsewhere at the highest-levels of the rumor stratosphere.
Apple Inc. may use new touch-panel technology for an iPhone 5 with a thinner body than previous models and might introduce the product in the quarter ending in June.
Huberty believes the next-generation iPhone will feature Qualcomm's quad-mode chip that would let it to "run on all 3G and LTE network flavors."
"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)," Huberty says.