The latest in analyst predictions comes from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. According to Huberty, the next-generation iPhone will be slimmer and sport a quad-core Qualcomm chip with 3G and LTE compatibility across all networks.

We’ve heard plenty of rumors regarding the mythical iPhone 5, and this particular analyst claims that Apple will have its upcoming handset ready for customers in the third quarter of this year.

AppleInsider reports:

Apple will remain impervious to a broader decline in consumer demand throughout the technology industry through the release of its third-generation iPad in the first half of 2012 and the launch of a thinner iPhone later this year, analyst Katy Huberty wrote in a note to investors detailing takeaways from a recent trip to Asia.

Data points for Apple are “mostly positive,” she said, as the company is expected to maintain unit shipments this quarter, compared to a 10 percent sequential decline from the December quarter in the broader market.

Huberty also predicts that an iPad 3 will launch in the next few months — a claim that most of the industry seems to agree with. New touch panel technology will apparently make the next iPhone thinner, and Huberty notes that a new casing material will also keep the device’s form factor slim. Aluminum, anyone?

The idea of a quad-core iPhone isn’t entirely improbable, as iOS 5.1 actually references quad-core iOS devices already. Most of argued that Apple won’t bring LTE/4G to its smartphone until the carriers have the technology fully rolled out to customers. Carriers have been aggressively pushing 4G as of late, so it makes sense for Apple to at least include compatibility for the technology in 2012’s iPhone.

What do you think? Will we see an LTE-compatible iPhone this year?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah no kidding.

    • man, who woulda guessed? thinner and faster too?

  • Nice iPhone 5 concept pic with no flash lol

    • Eric Morgan

      Plus no 3G. Anyone see an iPad with 3G and an aluminum back? 3G antennas don’t go through aluminum. And this design has no external band for the antenna like the iPhone 4. The original iPhone had the plastic strip at the bottom. The iPad still has it at the top. too bad. I really like brushed aluminum.

    • come on man cant u tell the flash is the apple sign its self i mean come on 😀

  • I’ll be pissed if it looks like that.

    • Kok Hean

      Curved back = more comfortable

  • Jon Watson

    rumor rumor rumor

    • Yes, just like the very first word of the title suggests.

      • Thank you Sebastien, I was actually thinking that I appreciate you putting the “rumor” in the title. But they are still worth the read so I dont understand the neg comments. It is what it is, take it or leave, it but dont troll when obviously its a “rumor” the title says so.

  • Jon Watson

    rumor rumor rumor

  • not to be a douche, but enough with the rumors. didn’t we do enough on that on the heels of the 4s? let’s just let it play out. i know that’s where this blog makes it’s bones…but enough with the rumors.

    • Actually no, we don’t make “our bones” on rumors. We clearly label these rumors as, well, rumors, in the title so people can choose to read or not.

      • I like that the rumors are posted every now and then. A ‘rumor roundup’ article might be more to my liking rather than frequent ones, but no, don’t stop reporting them altogether. Most of us do like rumor articles as long as they’re concise and cite a source, or especially multiple ones.

      • yes, they are labeled as rumors, as they should be. what i’m saying is that i see “rumors” all the time on these blogs. perhaps it would be nice to put together a “rumor section” vs. peppering the site with rumors all the time.

  • Rafael Franco

    Don’t really like that prototype… I prefer the one from Macrumors, that was great!

  • Can somebody explain to me why you are referring to the supposed next generation as the iPhone 5? The 4S was the fifth iPhone. Wouldn’t “iPhone 6” be more likely?

    • Anonymous

      HERE WE GO AGAIN!! You’ve just started a shid-storm. Lol

      • Explain

      • it may be the sixth iPhone, but i don’t really think apple will skip 5. it just doesn’t seem natural.

    • Anonymous

      HERE WE GO AGAIN!! You’ve just started a shid-storm. Lol

    • Anonymous

      They don’t call each iPhone model by generation number.

      • 1st gen: iPhone
        2nd gen: iPhone 3G (bc network)
        3rd gen: 3GS (3G plus speed)
        4th gen: iPhone 4 (for generation)
        5th gen: iPhone 4S (4 plus speed)
        6th gen: iPhone 5 (Why?) or iPhone 6? (for generation)

      • Anonymous

        Then the next model may even be iPhone 4G because of 4G networks.

  • i like the picture. i hope the real thing looks similar to that.

    • In reply to your previous response, Apple skipped the number 2. Why wouldnt they skip 5 to maintain it as parallel with the generation?

  • wait

  • i am still dubious over a lte iphone

    • Anonymous

      Yeah… especially with battery life.

  • there better be 4G… I want the freakin SJ.