Chip delays point to next-gen iPhone launch around October
Will Apple return to its usual summer launch for its next iPhone revision, or will it repeat last year's fall unveiling of the iPhone 4S? The latest news from baseband supplier Qualcomm suggests the iPhone update will happen closer to October due to manufacturing delays. Apple has switched its mobile device to use cellular baseband chips from Qualcomm, which include support for multiple standards, including 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, and 3G EV-DO. However, the first-generation LTE chip used in the latest iPad required a significant boost in battery to maintain its usual 10-hour running time. Qualcomm had expected to launch a second-generation design using a 28nm manufacturing process during the second quarter of this year. But those plans are now changing; the company announced during its quarterly financial results that it has run into delays ramping up the manufacturing process to meet demand. "At this stage we cannot secure enough supply to meet the increasing demand we are experiencing," CEO ...
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