“Smartphones like the iPhone are built from a collection of components, which are sourced individually from suppliers—e.g. the iPhone 4’s cellular baseband (the core chipset used in mobile phones to handle voice and data communications) comes from Infineon and its GPS chipset from Broadcom,” Steve Cheney reports for TechCrunch.

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“The dominant supplier of CDMA chipsets is Qualcomm, the largest fabless chip company in the world,” Cheney reports. “Apple has never procured baseband chipsets from Qualcomm before.”

“Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December,” Cheney reports. “This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).”

Cheney reports, “I can’t say with 100% accuracy that an iPhone will hit Verizon store shelves in January, but all of the signals point that way.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “James W.” for the heads up.]