RUMOR: Apple will use baseband from CDMA inventor Qualcomm for iPhone 5 and iPad 2

Apple Store“A report out of the Far East early Thursday claims that Apple has decided on its lineup of component suppliers for the fifth-generation iPhone and second-generation iPad — both of which will reportedly obtain baseband chips from CDMA inventor Qualcomm,” AppleInsider reports.

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“Though the latest report Thursday by Taipei’s Economic Daily News does not insinuate that the alleged Qualcomm design win will lead to a CDMA (Verizon or Sprint) iPhone, there have been other anecdotal pieces of evidence to that end, like AppleInsider’s discovery of a cryptic ‘iPhone developer guru’ job posting on the Qualcomm website in August,” AppleInsider reports. “Meanwhile, that same report also claims knowledge of over a half-dozen other iPhone 5 and iPad 2 component suppliers.”

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

22 Comments

  1. Nah: That argument is pure BS. Why does the new Chinese iPhone have WAPI as its WiFi protocol? Because the non-WiFi version didn’t sell very well.

    A CDMA iPhone would not be confusing, except for CDMA carriers to explain why they can’t handle simultaneous voice and data transmission.

  2. Nah: That argument is pure BS. Why does the new Chinese iPhone have WAPI as its WiFi protocol? Because the non-WiFi version didn’t sell very well.

    A CDMA iPhone would not be confusing, except for CDMA carriers to explain why they can’t handle simultaneous voice and data transmission.

  3. I think they need to have a CDMA iPhone – Apple will do two things:

    1. sell more iphones. always a plus.
    2. Carriers will compete for iPhone pricing models (if you pay less for the same service, you are more satisfied, and more likely to buy another iphone, which apple will sell to you.)

    So, i dont see any reason why apple wont do this as soon as the AT&T exclusivity deal expires.

  4. I think they need to have a CDMA iPhone – Apple will do two things:

    1. sell more iphones. always a plus.
    2. Carriers will compete for iPhone pricing models (if you pay less for the same service, you are more satisfied, and more likely to buy another iphone, which apple will sell to you.)

    So, i dont see any reason why apple wont do this as soon as the AT&T exclusivity deal expires.

  5. Help me here, is CDMA analog and GSM digital? I confess ignorance on these matters, but someone told me that’s the way it is. Japanese cell companies use mostly CDMA (au, etc.), but Softbank in Japan is GSM and the only company there with iPhone.

    For me, I sure wish Sprint would/could expand its network and would get the iPhone – offer iPhone with pay-as-you-go data plan or something like iPad type plan… some day, I too will buy an iPhone. But, not until I can get one without the mandatory data plan.

  6. Help me here, is CDMA analog and GSM digital? I confess ignorance on these matters, but someone told me that’s the way it is. Japanese cell companies use mostly CDMA (au, etc.), but Softbank in Japan is GSM and the only company there with iPhone.

    For me, I sure wish Sprint would/could expand its network and would get the iPhone – offer iPhone with pay-as-you-go data plan or something like iPad type plan… some day, I too will buy an iPhone. But, not until I can get one without the mandatory data plan.

  7. @”IDon’tKnow”, Both are digital, but GSM is a SIM based system that can use WCDMA technology (as both AT&T & T-Mobile do).

    @ Predrag, both of the major Chinese wireless providers are GSM. They don’t have a “major” provider that I’m aware of that uses CDMA. Not to say that they don’t have CDMA in China. I know that they do, but Apple chose China Unicom because of it’s GSM. Although they could have gone with China Mobile too who is also GSM.

  8. @”IDon’tKnow”, Both are digital, but GSM is a SIM based system that can use WCDMA technology (as both AT&T & T-Mobile do).

    @ Predrag, both of the major Chinese wireless providers are GSM. They don’t have a “major” provider that I’m aware of that uses CDMA. Not to say that they don’t have CDMA in China. I know that they do, but Apple chose China Unicom because of it’s GSM. Although they could have gone with China Mobile too who is also GSM.

  9. @steve32465

    China Mobile uses TD-SCDMA for its 3G service, which is not the same as either CDMA2000 EV-DO (used by Verizon and Sprint) or WCDMA (used by many GSM carriers). The technology is specific to China. It would require a new iPhone design.

  10. @steve32465

    China Mobile uses TD-SCDMA for its 3G service, which is not the same as either CDMA2000 EV-DO (used by Verizon and Sprint) or WCDMA (used by many GSM carriers). The technology is specific to China. It would require a new iPhone design.

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