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Morgan Stanley’s Expectations For iPhone 5

Everybody is eager to see what Apple has improved about its iPhone. Both users and investors hope that the iPhone 5 will bring innovations that will enforce Apple’s leader position in the market. But, since there aren’t many details regarding the new release, all that’s left are estimates. On Friday, a Morgan Stanley analyst has released the company’s expectations for iPhone 5.

Last Friday, the investment bank Morgan Stanley has released a sort of hint regarding Apple’s new iPhone, generation 5. Analyst Katy Huberty wrote in a note to investors that Apple is going to release a slimmer next generation of iPhone.

Analyst Katy Huberty said that Apple’s new iPhone will be much slimmer and will be later this year available for sale. On top of that, it seems that the iPhone 5will also feature a quad-mode chip from Qualcomm that would allow for 3G and LTE functionality across all “network flavors”.

Huberty also added in her note to investors that “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” as well as “the launch of a thinner iPhone later this year”.

The analyst said that despite the fact that details on the device are “sparse”, but it will be ready during the second quarter. However, the release depends on “manufacturing yields”, but all in all she expects the iPhone 5 to be released in the third quarter “unless competition heads up”.

According to the note sent to investors, data points for Apple remain to be “mostly positive” and the company is expected to maintain unit shipments this quarter. “What is clear about iPhone 5 is that Apple and its supply chain are positively surprised by the demand for iPhone 4S” said Huberty. She has positive estimates for the coming months too: “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)”.

A company filing shows that Apple’s most popular gadget, the iPhone is also world’s most popular smartphone, accounting for 39 percent of the company’s fiscal fourth quarter sales and 43 percent of annual sales in the year ended in September.

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