iPhone 5 Coming in 2H 2012, ‘Very Likely’ LTE

If inclusion of 4G LTE capability in the new iPad rolling out this week weren’t enough to make it a sure bet, a new report citing Taiwan-based smartphone makers says the next iPhone is “very likely” to support LTE as well.

That will drive up global sales of smartphones in a big way, raising projections from 25-30 million devices to 45-50 million, says DigiTimes, whose sources are falling just short of guaranteeing LTE support in an Apple iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called).

As usual, Apple is remaining mum on specs of the new device, which most so-called experts believe will debut either this summer, after the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, or this fall, one year after the company put the iPhone 4S up for sale.

Speculation about the new iPhone is rampant, with some anticipating a powerful, quad-core processor between 1.2 and 1.5GHz. Other clues point to an HD screen and curved-glass display. Some think we’ll see integrated near-field communication to make mobile payments easier; others are excited about a rumored, improved rear-facing camera that might be as sharp as 10 megapixels.

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