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It was only a matter of time until rumors relating to the iPhone 5 started, after all, we have had the iPhone 4S now for nearly three months. Speculation has been rife recently about the potential features and specification of the proposed iPad 3, set to be launch toward to end of the first quarter of 2012.

We have also been hearing rumors about the possible release of what is being dubbed the ‘iTV‘, which analyst Peter Misek reports; will go into production at the Sharp factories in Japan in February 2012, utilizing Sharp display panels to produce a début Apple High Definition television. The rumored production of such a television set seems to have foundation, yet the possible inclusion of Siri will need to be seen or confirmed to be believed.

The iPad range has been a huge success for Apple since the maiden launch in April 2010. The original device sold a reported 40 million units, with the iPad 2 also producing some impressive figures. So just what does 2012 hold for the next generation iPhone?

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Considering the iPhone represents an estimated 44% of the Apples business, it is important that they get the design and specification right to capitalize on the total addressable market of approximately 1.5 billion mobile phones. Sterne Agee analyst, Shaw Wu, has informed his clients that he believes the launch of the next generation iPhone is most important to the company that the iPad 3 or the proposed iTV is. He predicts that both products will be big hits for the Cupertino company but that the iPhone 5 will represent the largest chunk of Apples income stream and profit in 2012.

The next generation device is expected to receive a major overhaul in terms of design and aesthetics, complete with a thinner case, a slightly larger screen and compatibility with the world’s faster, 4G LTE networks. This should really come as no surprise however, as the iPhone 4S featured the same design as its predecessor and it is highly unlikely that the design would make it through to the next release.

The report from Wu is keeping in line with an early article written by him and seems to be in keeping with reports from Brian White, who is an analyst for Ticonderoga.

(via BGR)

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