Apple’s next iPhone is due to be released in October and will have a redesigned body, running on 4G data networks such as LTE, said Gene Munster, analyst for Piper Jaffray.
Citing a statement made yesterday by Qualcomm, which is currently having trouble meeting customer demand for its radio chips, the analyst predicts the phone will be available in October. Those chips would be used by Apple to connect the new iPhone to faster data networks.
Munster said that October is more probable after Qualcomm Inc. revealed it is having trouble meeting demand for components that the analyst expects to be included in a new iPhone. The supply constraints, along with Verizon Wireless reporting a drop in iPhone sales, contributed to a 3.4 percent decline in Apple shares today.
One more report Thursday focused on what materials Apple will be using to build that redesigned body. Tech website Computer World claims the company plans to use an exotic material known as LiquidMetal to create the phone.
Apple Inc. bought this patent two years ago. Since it acquired them it doesn’t seem to have done much with the process, which it paid $30 million for.
There have been some claims LiquidMetal alloys have been used in batteries and (wait for it) inside the SIM removal tool, but these are unverified and in any case don’t seem especially good uses of such expensive technology.
“LiquidMetal is a mix of several different metals, allowing the phone to be more durable while giving it a liquid-like exterior feel. Light like plastic but durable like aluminum, LiquidMetal would allow the phone to weigh less and have a thinner profile,” Mashable explains.
LiquidMetal announced it started shipping its first commercial parts in December of last year. “We are very excited about the use of amorphous alloy technology to deliver stronger, lighter, and more corrosion resistant parts to our customers in varying industries globally,” CEO Tom Steipp said in a press release.
“These initial shipments represent a significant milestone in our efforts to provide a new class of materials for our customers to consider when designing complex parts.”
On April 3, Japanese Apple-watcher website reported that during a conversation on TV Tokyo’s “World Business Satellite” (WBS) show, a Foxconn recruiter revealed that the company was hiring about 18,000 people to manufacture the iPhone 5, which is due to be released in June.
South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper asked the head of human resources at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory about the iPhone 5 release date. “We just got the order. It [the release] will be around October,” reported Kokatu.
As Redmond Pie noted, the report in Maeil Business Newspaper also claimed that the order for the next iPhone “has led Foxconn to begin a massive recruitment drive to ensure that enough hands are on deck in order to meet Apple’s release schedule” in October.
Unfortunately, there is no official word on when the upcoming iteration of the Apple iPhone is finally arriving, but chances of a fall launch look stronger than that of a summer launch.