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  • Report: Chip Change Possible for 5th Generation iPhone



    If a new report that has surfaced in recent days proves accurate, Apple may very well bid farewell to Intel's Infineon chips for the next generation iPhone. It's likely replacement? One from Qualcomm. According to a report from The Commercial Times, Infineon will lose it's cushy position as a provider of the baseband chip for the popular iPhone. As you may recall, Infineon's wireless unit was scooped up by Intel for a pretty penny just last month.

    Apple has begun to design next year in the listing of the 5th generation iPhone, although the built-in application processor (AP) will continue to use Apple's self-developed products, but the baseband chip set suppliers are large shift.
    The translated article notes that Infineon has had a strong relationship with Apple for many years, supplying the baseband chip for the iPad 3G and each and every iPhone model since it's grand debut in 2007. But with Apple supposedly looking to "monopolize assembly orders," it appears that Hon Hai Group and Foxconn will continue to manufacture the devices.

    Since many others will be quick to do the same, one could argue that a switch to Qualcomm is a wise move for Apple given the longstanding rumor of carrier expansion for the Cupertino-based tech giant. With Infineon's wireless unit being far more inclusive - if not outright restrictive - the transition to Qualcomm is a sound choice for Apple - even if Apple opts to never capitalize on the opportunity for carrier diversity in the US.

    The Commercial Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Chip Change Possible for 5th Generation iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. arbys's Avatar
      arbys -
      Quote Originally Posted by zphone View Post
      i wonder if this change had something to do with the recent exploit that was discovered on 4.1?
      I thought the exploit for 4.1 had to do with Apple's A4 chip not the baseband. Regardless this jailbreak will always work for the current i4, iPad and the newest iPod touch.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintoff View Post
      Who cares what kind of phone Steve jobs has all I care about is. my phone has cydia or not aka jailbreak lolzz
      Steve's iPhone have Cydia and Rock too...
    1. Lurpticon's Avatar
      Lurpticon -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      I've wondered the same, and I'll bet ya it's a jailbroken iPhone, but with cydia icon hidden so no one would know lol.
      lol I bet
    1. crisco9071's Avatar
      crisco9071 -
      I can believe it..Apple may want a fresh start in the hacking scene. Qualcomm also is coming out with dual core chips for phones so why not be the first dual core phone.
    1. iMrBrett's Avatar
      iMrBrett -
      i wonder if apple is looking into this because of the exploit found in the A4 chip. funny how this story comes out a few days after DevTeam members say they have a chip exploit. Jailbreakers will always prevail
    1. wirehedd's Avatar
      wirehedd -
      He uses a Nokia.
    1. Lolcats's Avatar
      Lolcats -
      gosh dang are we already speculating about the new iphones?


      urgh
    1. -=viper=-'s Avatar
      -=viper=- -
      Quote Originally Posted by Armored View Post
      I often wonder what kind of iPhone Jobs himself has.
      a nuclear powered eatable apple...
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by itaintrite View Post
      His phone probably doesn't need JB to run 3rd party codes.
      I bet my life that is true lol, fkin hypocrite lol


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by bdcarp0 View Post
      i wonder if apple is looking into this because of the exploit found in the A4 chip. funny how this story comes out a few days after DevTeam members say they have a chip exploit. Jailbreakers will always prevail
      It's not the same chip, this is the baseband chip, not the CPU (SoC)


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    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      haha I kinda like how the thread turned into: "what kinda iPhone job has"

      so this means in a case of an iphone 5 the unlock will take way longer as the devteam is confronted with whole new hardware right?
    1. arbys's Avatar
      arbys -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaxxyBoii2K10 View Post
      It's not the same chip, this is the baseband chip, not the CPU (SoC)


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      That is what I thought. The article says that Apple is still going to make these chips themselves. Just a new way to unlock the phone would be needed.
    1. JimJam707's Avatar
      JimJam707 -
      Is this a surprise?
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      wow, first cheaper sensors and now cheaper processors...
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Qualcomm is a good choice. It's their patents that lead to 3G baseband.

      [SOAPBOX ON]

      I'd say that the mean of the IQ level of the posters in this forum is probably in the 70's. If you don't understand this, it's you I'm talking about.

      [SOAPBOX OFF]
    1. fishbone's Avatar
      fishbone -
      To say that a company the size of Apple would make decisions about his main product hardware because of the possibility of a jailbreak/unlock is childish, to say the least.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      CDMA is Qualcomm's forte.
    1. cjgonzales1900's Avatar
      cjgonzales1900 -
      Jobs wouldnt need cydia. He would just have the restrictions removed by a software engineer and install the apps like normal lol

      its funny they pay so much attention to Jailbreaking but yet only about 10% of iPhones are Jailbroken. If there wasnt jailbreaking then the New iOS's wouldnt have much, everything that apple added to the new iOS or about 80% of it was from Apps that were on the App Store for about a Year or more lol

      its funny they pay so much attention to Jailbreaking but yet only about 10% of iPhones are Jailbroken. If there wasnt jailbreaking then the New iOS's wouldnt have much, everything that apple added to the new iOS or about 80% of it was from Apps that were on the App Store for about a Year or more lol
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Yeah, ol' Jobs probably custom built his own iPhone with the ability to use 3rd party code and cook French fries (the second one is a joke lol!)

      Quote Originally Posted by vedavis View Post
      Qualcomm is a good choice. It's their patents that lead to 3G baseband.

      [SOAPBOX ON]

      I'd say that the mean of the IQ level of the posters in this forum is probably in the 70's. If you don't understand this, it's you I'm talking about.

      [SOAPBOX OFF]


      I couldn't agree with you more (before someone starts to bash me, I have a 34 ACT score and I'm a Jr. in high school!)

    1. yomamashump's Avatar
      yomamashump -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      and cook French fries (the second one is a joke lol!)
      Thanks for clearing that up 34 ACT boy.