Gene Munster Says Pre-October New iPhone Launch Practically Impossible
Without saying definitively that Apple's sixth generation iPhone can't
be released this summer, prominent Piper Jaffray analyst and well-known Apple watcher Gene Munster said it is difficult to see how a pre-October iPhone refresh is even possible.
According to Munster, if Apple were to unveil the next iPhone in June or July, it would likely still take another three months or so for supply issues with Qualcomm LTE chips to be resolved, making a widespread new iPhone rollout possible in the first place.
Munster said this morning that Qualcomm continues to combat nagging supply issues for its 28-nanometer LTE baseband. With LTE 4G connectivity all but assured for the next iPhone, Apple almost has no choice but to wait for a September or October release should the iPhone maker wish to continue working with Qualcomm.
"It is more likely the phone launches in October given Qualcomm commentary around 28nm chip supply," Munster said Thursday. "We believe Apple will include LTE in the iPhone 5 as an important feature in the product update."
the iPhone comes is less important than the changes coming to the iPhone - changes that Munster says will represent a compelling upgrade.
, Apple Insider