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Apple IPhone 5 May Debut in October, Analyst Munster Says

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone is likely to be introduced in October and will feature a new body design and work with faster wireless networks, according to Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos. who had expected an August release for the top-selling smartphone.

In a note today, Munster wrote that October is more probable after chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. announced 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.
 
The iPhone 4S model (Apple/MTC)
The iPhone 4S model (Apple/MTC)

The iPhone is Apple’s top-selling product, accounting for 53 percent of its sales in the quarter that ended last December. Apple hasn’t discussed plans for the next version's release. Munster, who has correctly predicted the release of previous Apple products, said in the note that Qualcomm’s radio chips that allow for faster connection to the Internet will be included in the next-generation iPhone.

Apple released the iPhone 4S, the current version, in October of last year. Munster said the release of the new model should lead investors to raise their projections for financial results in the quarter ending in December 2012. The analyst wrote that he had previously modeled for the iPhone to be unveiled in August.

By working with new so-called long-term evolution, or LTE, wireless networks being built by carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, iPhone users would have a faster connection for data-heavy tasks such as browsing the Web, watching videos and downloading files.

Cupertino, California-based Apple, the world’s most valuable company, fell to $587.44 at the close in New York. The shares have risen 45 percent this year. Qualcomm, after disclosing its supply shortages late yesterday, fell 6.6 percent to $62.57 today.

Verizon Wireless, the second-biggest U.S. phone network, said iPhone sales fell to 3.2 million from 4.3 million in the previous quarter, when the 4S model was released. (Bloomberg)



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애플, 아이폰5 10월 출시 예정
애플의 차세대 아이폰이 10월에 출시될 예정

이며 새로운 디자인과 더 빠른 무선 네트워크를 선보일 것이라는 관측이 나왔다.

파이퍼 제프리 앤 코의 진 먼스터 애널리스트는 19일(현지시간) 반도체 제조업자인 퀄컴이 부품 수요를 맞추는데 어려움을 겪고 있다는 발표한 후 아이폰5 출시 일정이 10월이 더 유력해졌다고 말했다.

먼스터는 아이폰 4의 출시 시기를 정확하게 예측했으며 아이폰 5 출시를 당초 올 8월로 예상한 바 있다.

애플은 새 아이폰 출시 계획을 논의하지 않았다.

아이폰은 애플에서 가장 잘 팔리는 제품이자 지난해 4분기 애플 판매실적의 53%를 차지했다.

먼스터는 새로운 아이폰에 인터넷 접속을 더욱 빠르게 해줄 퀄컴의 무선통신 칩이 포함될 것이라고 밝혔다.

새로 출시될 아이폰 사용자는 통신회사 버라이즌과 AT&T가 무선네트워크기술인 롱텀에볼루션(LTE)을 가동시킴으로써 웹 검색, 비디오 감상, 파일 내려받기 등 대용량 데이터 작업에 더 빨리 접속할 수 있을 것으로 보인다.

미국 제2의 통신회사 버라이즌은 아이폰 4S가 출시된 이전 분기에 아이폰 판매가 430만대에서 320만대로 떨어졌다고 밝혔다. (연합뉴스)
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