With all of the recent talk regarding the next-generation iPhone’s display, the LTE rumors seem to have faded to the background. Maybe it’s because folks are assuming that, after the third-gen iPad, the feature is a lock for Apple’s next smartphone.

Gene Munster certainly seems to think so. PiperJaffray’s senior Apple analyst told investors today that even though there has been some speculation that a Qualcomm chip shortage could affect Apple’s upcoming handset, it will still ship with LTE compatibility…

AppleInsider reports:

“The bottom line is that we remain comfortable with an October iPhone 5 launch despite the reported 28nm chip shortage at Qualcomm,” analyst Gene Munster wrote in a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider on Monday.

Munster suggests that Apple’s size could help it achieve “favored inventory status” that would lessen the blow from any production woes that Qualcomm is experiencing. The firm also pointed to Apple’s “past experience in dealing with potentially limited components at launch” as reason to believe that the company will remain relatively impervious to the shortage.”

Apple is widely expected to use Qualcomm’s MDM9615 28nm chip in its new iPhone, which is not only smaller than the model sitting in the new iPad, but would also make the handset compatible with several new 4G networks.

Munster finishes the note by saying that, in addition to LTE, his firm believes that the next iPhone will feature a redesigned case, a faster processor, upgraded memory and a higher megapixel camera. Interesting.

  • Could the shortage be due to Apple ordering millions of the chips already?

    • Anonymous

      Ding! It’s odd that i’ve read this Qualcomm shortage on LTE chips angle with nary the postulation that perhaps Apple’s huge pending order is the reason for such shortages.

  • New iPad style 😀

  • If apple doesnt give true LTE then there is going to be a revolt

    • is the iPad not true LTE?

      • Falk M.

        It’s not if you live outside of the US/CA lol
        I heard rumors there are actually people living somewhere else… It’s crazy I know…

        Oh and, indeed, if the next iPhone doesn’t have LTE already, I’ll consider grabbing it, selling it off and waiting another year with a bit of quick cash to have some nice holidays until then, getting the iPhone in 2013 unsubsidized out of contract. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        It must really suck living outside US and Canada when it comes to Apple products

      • Falk M.

        Not really, what’s your point?
        Just because the iPad doesn’t give me LTE?
        Why don’t we talk about the other manufacturers that do regional “FU”s?
        Apple does WAY less of that. Mostly its up to to content providers if we stretch this past Apple’s products to what they offer in their digital stores. (iTunes Music, Movies, …)

  • Can’t wait!!! 🙂

    I will look forward to upgrading our current iPhone 4 models to the new iPhone 5 – its just too bad it will be in the fall, the better camera would be nice for our travels this summer.

  • Anonymous

    if the lte chip same as ipad 4g NO thanks I lıve in eu and we have 2600 mhz 4g and we cant use 4g ipad as a 4g device

    • Falk M.

      Easy, the new Qualcomm chips should be global if I’m not mistaken.

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  • Laszlo Gaspar

    iOS 6 will be featured as standard for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 supports FaceTime over cellular networks so without 4G LTE apple wouldn’t be a able to have there high standard of FaceTime picture quality. Shortage of chips or not apple has to include 4G on the next iPhone.