Morgan Stanley: Apple will launch slimmer iPhone this year, iPad 3 in H1 2012

Morgan Stanley: Apple will launch slimmer iPhone this year, iPad 3 in H1 2012
Investment bank Morgan Stanley might be one of the more reliable sources in the iPhone rumor craze and it seems to have gotten some interesting information regarding the next iPhone. After a recent trip to Asia analyst Katy Hubert mentioned that the next-generation iPad is on its way in the first half of the year and is expected to come with a higher-res screen.

"Apple will also launch iPad 3 in H1 and a slimmer iPhone later this year," she wrote.

The analyst expects the next iPhone to be ready at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and arrive to customers in Q3.

Hubert claims that the new touch panel technology will allow for it to be even thinner and the company is thinking about using new materials.

The iPhone part of the report is particularly interesting as it also notes that a new quad-mode Qualcomm chip could be used allowing the iPhone to work on various LTE and 3G networks (hopefully, including T-Mobile’s AWS bands), but that’s not yet certain. If Apple signs a deal with China Mobile the chances for this would increase.

"What is clear about iPhone 5 is that Apple and its supply chain are positively surprised by the demand for iPhone 4S, which increases confidence in strong sales for iPhone 5 later this year. Overall, the supply chain looks for stronger than market growth for both the iPhone (50%+ y/y vs. market 20-30%) and the iPad (20-40% growth, higher with a lower priced iPad 2)," Hubert said.

But while the Morgan Stanley analyst suggest that Apple was surprised by the huge demand for the iPhone 4S and is gearing up for an even stronger iPhone 5 launch, the beginning of the year will be more difficult for other phone makers on weakening sales in Europe and a seasonal drop in US sales.

source: AppleInsider

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25 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

rumors rumors rumors..

2. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

questions still remain... heres a better question though... WHO CARES?!

3. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I care...

5. irvinkeith

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

me too

15. Phonecall01 unregistered

Who cares??? Obviously you do since you took your time to read and comment. lol

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

lol, and Android users are suppose to be smarter. . . . . .

24. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

We are, we're just here to see what outdated tech Apple is going to sell next and see the iPhan's reactions to that...You guys better start lining up outside the store now...

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well to be quite frank, as long as it isn't running Android OS, it's a winner in my book. The iPhone 4S , despite what your cult forces you to believe, is right up there with all the other Android phones. Amazing camera, amazing camcorder, fast processor, slim profile, great resolution. The only real argument you have for outdated hardware is lack of 4G LTE. But the only carrier with an adequate coverage is Verizon, so for most iPhone users 4G won't be a major factor for maybe another year. But you're a smarter Android user, you probably could of figured that out all by yourself........or maybe not. You don't seem too intelligent. iPhan? Really? lol

4. gharatnikhil

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

who cares 4s costs about 1000dollars IN India and if 5 launches in India then it will not cost less than 1600dollars in INDIA so in my opinion apple sucks and Nokia rocks ¤

6. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Try Windows Phones by nokias man!

23. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

whos talking about india ???

7. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

iPhone 5?? I hope it's not an iPhone 4S with a slimmer body and an increased screen size!

9. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I would actually be happy with a slimmer body and lager (4") screen size. The processing power in the iPhone 4s is still great technology and I dont see Apple redesigning their iOS this year. What would make it even better... - Higher resolution - better front facing camera - multi-touch similar to iPad - redesigned home button

17. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Sounds like a RAZR to me

22. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

You know, if you get an Android phone, you have all those options. . . jussayin. (I'm not an android fanboy, I own a Windows Phone, but I'm just sayin what's true)

13. maier9900

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

COMMON SENSE !

8. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I see the strong demand for the i4S almost damaging as there are going to be gobs of i4S folks still under contract when the i5 comes out. Perhaps the i4S folks were i3S folks holding out? I see a lot of i4 folks going to i5. I will be one of them. My next iPhone will have LTE. Better camera, extra processor ... bla ... its about data speed is will will make me swap.

10. awkward11598k

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

they should make it for virgin mobile :P

12. Castanedaa99

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

That iPhone will not be out until October, but if it is good for them, it's not like a $hitload of Androids don't hit the market every month. Doesn't hurt to have more than one model out there. I like Apple, never have owned an iPhone and probably never will, I have an Android right now, but I'm looking for Verizon to get an LTE WP7.5 phone. Maybe Morgan Stanley can analyze on Verizon getting LTE WP's.

14. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

If only iPhone 5 can do video calling (No FacaTime, I'll skype instead), and still wonder why ppl think FaceTime is ground breaking. I didn't get me an iPhone 4S as ppl wont see i have upgraded, plus Siri is just a gimmick to me, and i stil enjoy my iPhone 4 speed and camera, plus i take most of my pics with my camera, not my iPhone. SO if i could get one thing from my next iPhone will be a video calling. I'm the only Apple fan at home, so facetime is a useless feature for me, since i prefer skype #JustMyOpinion

18. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

You can video call with Skype on the iPhone, you don't have to use FaceTime. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype/id304878510?mt=8

16. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Too early in the year for this nonsense rumor...

21. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I ain't hatin on the iPhone, but I really think it's just too much of a bore. . . If I could couple the iPhone hardware with Android (customizable) than I would possibly. But obviously iPhones will sell either way. And I see why some people would like the simplicity and sheltered experience. . . But it's just not for me.

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