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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. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      sounds like a good deal for qualcomm
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      iPhone4 use micro chip, people cut the sim card, iPhone5 use Qualcomm / CDMA, finaly apple won but no customer.

      Look like Apple frustation on jailbreakers and unlockers.....
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vedavis View Post

      [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 was thinking the same thing... It's amazing that some people still don't understand the difference between a baseband chip and the processor (SoC)
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      CDMA is Qualcomm's forte.
      so it's mean you can't unlock it.
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      its jailbroken on 4.1
    1. Superman0069's Avatar
      Superman0069 -
      Steve Jobs has a jailbroken/unlocked Motorola Dyna-Trac
    1. motluck's Avatar
      motluck -
      let's hope first they provide us with the newest jailbreak
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I'm betting the next one goes to T-mobile, because if I'm not mistaken the current baseband chip can support their 3G freak but it's disabled at the hardware level. Plus it's gsm. That's my bet. The only thing that sucks about this move is for unlocks, I have no use for an unlock but I don't like it that some folks could be out in the cold.
    1. motluck's Avatar
      motluck -
      I am afrid that they might block the baseband whick not updated
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Hope it brings improved performance
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Armored View Post
      I often wonder what kind of iPhone Jobs himself has.
      We all know steve's phone dual boots ios 5 and windows phone 7
    1. ikkviper's Avatar
      ikkviper -
      Wonder if the new chips are easier to hack?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      This thread couldn't have gone farther away from the news thread. Boring news = what kind of phone Steve has?!? Really??? Who cares!
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      i bet steve jobs has an first generation ipod touch running Blackberry OS, using an attachable microphone and a sprint hotspot to do everything over wifi

      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      I was thinking the same thing... It's amazing that some people still don't understand the difference between a baseband chip and the processor (SoC)
      how does that have to do with IQ? the vast majority of people have no reason to know that a baseband chip even exists.

      hes likely referring to the fools that say "first" and the people continuing the inane off topic conversation
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Intel knew Infineon would lose Apple as a customer as soon as the ink dried. This isn't surprising.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by cjgonzales1900 View Post
      Jobs wouldnt need cydia. He would just have the restrictions removed by a software engineer and install the apps like normal lol
      This only makes sense if you are a filthy pirate who thinks that Cydia is "for" installing the same apps that are on the App Store and that Jobs can probably install them without restriction anyway. The App Store has no way to install Cydia-exclusive apps.

      My idea of "restriction" is, say, limiting AVRCP functionalty to Play/Pause/Stop to protect HiFi dock sales, not requiring you to pay for apps.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by cjgonzales1900 View Post
      Jobs wouldnt need cydia. He would just have the restrictions removed by a software engineer and install the apps like normal lol
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      This only makes sense if you are a filthy pirate who thinks that Cydia is "for" installing the same apps that are on the App Store and that Jobs can probably install them without restriction anyway. The App Store has no way to install Cydia-exclusive apps.

      My idea of "restriction" is, say, limiting AVRCP functionalty to Play/Pause/Stop to protect HiFi dock sales, not requiring you to pay for apps.
      Sweet mother of christ, did everyone take their dumb-dumb pills today? This is the most idiot-filled thread I think I've ever seen on this site.

      What he was saying, CZroe, is that Steve's phone would not need to be jailbroken in the first place, as they would never restrict it from running unsigned code. Has nothing to do with 'pirating' anything, and Cydia can't even install anything from the AppStore anyway, tard.

      To clear up some other sh!t you guys are jabbering about, yes this would mean a completely new UNLOCK (not jailbreak) re-write, but will most likely mean Verizon phones are right around the corner, and that this switch would have happened with or without the Intel purchase. Not to mention every unlock is basically a re-write anyway, as a new exploit has to be found.. just like jailbreaking.

      All you high school kids who think you know how stuff works should quit with the one-liner sh*tposts and let the big boys discuss.
    1. Artnr28's Avatar
      Artnr28 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      Maybe, but I'm betting he just loves the apps we get via cydia, so he's gotta have cydia on there, but hidden lol.
      Why hidden ? it's Stave
      We talking about , I don't think he need to have Cydia hidden