Analyst: Apple’s next-gen iPad to feature world mode GSM-CDMA chip

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac“Analyst Brian Blair from Wedge Partners said in a note to investors that Apple is developing a new iPad with a Qualcomm multimode CDMA-GSM chips built in,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider. “In the U.S., such a chip would allow the iPad to run on both AT&T and Verizon networks, which use different wireless technology.”

“The addition of a CDMA iPad to Apple’s product line would not come as a major surprise, as Apple has already begun selling the iPad through Verizon,” Oliver reports. “However, because the 3G model is not compatible with Verizon’s CDMA network, the carrier offers the Wi-Fi-only model bundled with a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot for connectivity on the go.”

Oliver reports, “Blair also indicated that the new iPad will be thinner and will have a forward-facing camera.”

Read more in the full article here.

Electronista reports, “While analysts can rarely confirm details and are sometimes wrong, the details correlate with talk of raw component suppliers shipping for assembly in December and with details mentioned in the past. Qualcomm has been repeatedly associated with both iPad and iPhone production since it has near dominance of CDMA and EVDO.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn W.” and “Jax44” for the heads up.]


  1. If true, can Sprit iPhones be far behind? The iPad advantage is the larger battery, which can absorb some wireless power hunger better than a iPhone. Until chip development or battery evolution can overcome the appetite.

  2. I’m totally confused as to what moron would buy a contract-free iPad, and then freely decide to lock themselves into a 2-year contract with the evil corporation Verizon afterwards? If you really needed a MIFI unit that badly, get one from Virgin Mobile Broadband which has no contract, has unlimited data, is cheaper than Verizon’s fees, and uses the highly reliable Sprint network.

  3. Ridiculous! It will never happen. Why would Apple waste their time and money on CDMA, which is a dead-end technology?

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  4. These f’ing analyst need to do their homework. That dual chip is not backwards compatible where you can turn one signal off. ITS CDMA BASE then piggy backs to GSM. The same way LTE is going to work with verizon.

    And remember LTE is data only.

  5. “…Electronista reports, “While analysts can rarely confirm details and are sometimes wrong….”

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  6. @ G4dualie
    Dude CDMA is not dead. Take a look at VZ alone 93 million. Sounds pretty alive and well to me. You can look at it another way Apple has already recognized the potential that is why they are already pimping out the iPad with Mifi on VZ. Dude don’t be a tard anymore, it’s embarising.

  7. HolyMackerel:

    Your proposition is quite challenging in the US. There are NO carriers in the US that offer contract-free iPhone. You cannot buy an unlocked iPhone and activate it on a GSM network (presumably, T-Mobile or AT&T). With an unsupported, unactivated AT&T and Apple Store accounts, iPhone is practically a dumbphone.

    Let’s not forget that the two GSM carriers that would work with iPhone don’t even offer cheap unsubsidised plans. So, even if you somehow DID acquire a contract-free, full-price iPhone, you’d still have to sign up with one of their standard plans. These plans normally include a subsidy (which is why you are normally required to sign a 2-year contract), which means that you’d be giving your carrier free money every month.

    The only reasonable, cheap pay-as-you-go plan out there in the US is Virgin Mobile ($25 per month, unlimited text and data, plus 300 minutes, no free nights/weekends, taxes and fees are actually included). The closest AT&T and T-Mobile come with the similar features is around $50 per month. Unfortunately, Virgin Mobile runs on Sprint’s CDMA network, which means no iPhone (for now). Hopefully, once CDMA iPhones start shipping (in China, presumably), perhaps they just might support Sprint’s CDMA frequencies, which might allow someone who is creative enough to buy a CDMA iPhone on the Chinese market, then bring it to the US and activate it on Sprint/Virgin/Verizon network.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath for that, though.

  8. Very sad news indeed.

    CDMA is old crappy technology that no one in the world uses except Verizon and a handful of
    Other networks. Rest of the world uses GSM and soon LTE.

    I hope apple does not decide to support this useless standrs that is CDMA.

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