first_imgThose hoping for the release of the next generation iPhone in September will be delighted with the latest news coming from DigiTimes. The site is indicating that Apple has lowered volume shipments of the iPhone 4 for the second quarter. The original target of 20 million units will be lowered to 17.5-18 million units with 1.5-2 million of those units being the CDMA version. The remainder are the 3G models.The move is thought to be in preparation for the iPhone 4S which is expected to go into production in August for a possible September launch. It is believed that Qualcomm will continue to provide the necessary 3G and CDMA chips, as it has done with previous generations of the iPhone, The smartphone’s rear 8-megapixel camera will be supplied by OmniVision Technologies and Largan Precision. China Mobile is expected to reach a deal with Apple to offer the iPhone 4S in September if the smartphone is launched by then.AdChoices广告While some are disappointed by the notion that the iPhone 4S won’t come with LTE support, there is apparently a good reason for it. Apple was hesitant to provide an LTE-enabled iPhone this year due to concerns over the yield rates of LTE chips from Qualcomm and the lack of LTE adoption in the U.S. market. By 2012, the footprint of LTE networks in the U.S. would justify the investment Apple would need to make to keep the iPhone competitive against other 4G smartphones. Of course, that is assuming that the issues regarding the yield rates of the LTE chips provided by Qualcomm have been rectified.Read more about the lowered iPhone 4 forecasts and possible plans for a LTE-enabled iPhone next year at Digitimeslast_img read more