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An Apple iPhone 4 on display in an Apple store in London. Photograph: Paul Hackett/REUTERS

The new iPhone 5 will have a a better camera, bigger screen and thinner profile than its predecessor, while iPhone 4 and 3GS will continue on sale, and that LTE version will follow in China in 2012

Powered by article titled “Analyst: iPhone 5 will be thinner, faster – and help sell 26m in three months” was written by Charles Arthur, for on Friday 23rd September 2011 21.10 UTC

Apple will launch a single new iPhone but could sell up to 26m of the devices in the final three months of the year, according to an analyst Peter Misek at Jefferies & Company.

Misek forecasts that the next iPhone 5, expected to be announced on 4 October, will have a slightly larger screen than the iPhone 4, use the same processor as the iPad 2, and have a better camera and thinner profile than its predecessor.

The figures would retain Apple’s position as the biggest maker of smartphones and one of the five biggest makers of mobile phones in the world, a position it first achieved in the second quarter of 2011.

Apple’s burgeoning sales will be boosted by the completion of a deal to begin selling the iPhone through China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier – although that would require a version that can connect with the carrier’s TD-LTE network technology. China Mobile’s chairman was quoted by Bloomberg earlier in September saying that it had “already got a positive answer from Apple”.

But separate reports that emerged on Friday suggested that at least one supplier for the new iPhone is having problems in manufacture. Digitimes, the Taiwanese electronics trade paper, reported on Friday that Wintek, which makes touch panels for the new iPhone 5, is having problems with laminating the panels, resulting in bubbles. Wintek told Digitimes that all of its products are being delivered on schedule. The company is reported to provide between 20% and 25% of the touch panels used for the iPhone 5.

Sources told Digitimes that Apple is aiming to ship between 25m and 26m iPhone 5s. That chimes with Misek’s figure, as he expects Apple to keep selling both the 2010 iPhone 4 and 2009 iPhone 3GS – the latter priced for prepaid and emerging markets.

Misek says he expects the iPhone 5 to sell more than 100m devices in 2012. He also forecasts an iPad 3 in the first quarter of 2012, and an LTE (Long Term Evolution) phone – which would be compatible with China Mobile’s network in the first half of 2012.

“We expect carriers (including Sprint, with about 50 million subscribers to launch the phones starting in mid-Oct. We had believed that T-Mobile with 34 million subscribers, would also carry the iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter, but now believe this could be delayed, possibly due to the pending AT&T acquisition. Finally, we also expect an iPhone launch at China Telecom (with 108 million subscribers) in the first quarter of 2012.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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