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iPhone 5 Will Use Qualcomm Chipset?

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The iPhone 5 will supposedly feature Qualcomm's mixed-mode chipset.

The possibility of a Verizon-based Apple iPhone now seems more likely, as reports indicate that the 5th generation iPhone won't come equipped with the typical Infineon baseband chipset, but rather ones provided by Qualcomm.

Apple's relationship with Qualcomm isn't really new. We reported last month that Apple submitted a run for over a million units of Qualcomm's CDMA chipsets for a CDMA version of the iPhone 4. This could still be possible, resulting in an iPhone 4GS if Apple continues its current release pattern.

However new reports indicate that a mixed-mode Qualcomm chipset--apparently first announced last year--will connect to multiple networks--LTE, CDMA/EV-DO and GSM/UMTS. This would mean that Apple wouldn't need to create a standalone CDMA model for Verizon, but rather release a next-generation device that can be used on any 3G and 4G wireless network around the world.

The mixed-mode Qualcomm chipset became available for prototyping in mid-2010--possibly released too late for Apple to incorporate into the next version of the iPhone. As it stands, it's speculated that Apple may move forward with the CDMA-equipped iPhone 4GS for a June 2011 release, and use the new Qualcomm chipset for a June 2012 iPhone 5 release.

Then again, the iPhone is locked in AT&T's clutches until 2012. Releasing a CDMA iPhone before then means that Verizon subscribers may be required to purchase the device from Apple or some other outlet other than Verizon. Even if AT&T's deal ends at 11:59pm on December 31, 2011, this CDMA model still gives Verizon a 6-month window to legally sell the proposed iPhone 4GS until iPhone 5 hits the streets.

Apple originally revealed the first iPhone back in January 2007 and then released it on the market later in June. The next iPhone model--the 3G--went on sale in June 2008 after it was revealed at WWDC 2008. Apple has followed the same pattern with the next two iPhone models, announcing the 3GS at WWDC 2009 and the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010.

Based on Apple's previous history, Steve Jobs seems to prefer revealing new products in January. This began with the reveal of the original iPhone and was followed up with the introduction of the iPad in January 2010.

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    eklipz330 , September 15, 2010 12:38 AM
    i bet it's gonna be called iphone 4g
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 1:25 AM
    there's an easy solution to this, the Apple Phone, like the iPhone but not the iPhone
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    tayb , September 15, 2010 1:33 AM
    Even if they went with the 'S' moniker again it would most certainly not be '4GS' unless it was using the Verizon LTE network.
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    Darkk , September 15, 2010 2:57 AM
    They might even call it 4V for Verizon.

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    Zingam , September 15, 2010 4:04 AM
    No it is time for iPhone M
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    nebun , September 15, 2010 4:19 AM
    can't wait
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 4:50 AM
    I Can't Wait Either! After Being Told, For The Last 3.5 Years That The 3G Signal Was Coming To My City (IT STILL HASN'T!), I Can't Dump AT&T, Fast Enough!!!

    AT&T Is Like A Bad Case of Food Poisoning!!! It Makes You Utterly Miserable, There's Absolutely Nothing But Let The Virus Run It's Course!!!
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 5:45 AM
    They should just call it the iPhone 4P for piece of garbage.
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    digiex , September 15, 2010 7:37 AM
    because infenion is now owned by intel?
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2010 2:31 PM
    I don't think it's headed for Verizon. Sprint more likely, or perhaps some of the international carriers. Apple and Verizon just don't seem like a good match:
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    g00fysmiley , September 15, 2010 2:42 PM
    they'll call it a 4g as well as it will cause confution.. yes i realize it can run on 4g networks, but liek nwo iphone users at my work liek to tell me about how they have 4g coverage because obviously thats what iphone 4g means >_< i just laugh cause they are blinded by the fruit company .. not like any of them actually us it for more than a phone/webrowser ocationally so its not liek they would know any better
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    lradunovic77 , September 15, 2010 3:56 PM
    Boring, next
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    matt_b , September 15, 2010 4:20 PM
    keyesdavI don't think it's headed for Verizon. Sprint more likely, or perhaps some of the international carriers. Apple and Verizon just don't seem like a good match:

    Verizon may be one of the old AT&T branches, but a good chunk of it is now owned by European Vodafone - making it an international telecommunications provider. Any other provider besides solely AT&T will be a good match for Apple, regardless of who it is. Monopoly products hurt the consumer for choices and the manufacturer of the item by limiting consumer base.
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    eddieroolz , September 15, 2010 8:14 PM
    Of course it will be on Verizon. People have talked about this for ages. It will generate Apple more money.
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