Analysts: Low-cost Apple iPhone to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Apple iPhone 5 (Qualcomm modem, application processor and the Broadcom WiFi/Bluetooth chip) into one single chip which would save Apple some money. When dealing with a low-cost model, every penny saved in procuring parts adds up on the bottom line.
For Qualcomm, the use of a Snapdragon processor for a cheaper iPhone variant would be a big win for the company considering that its contribution to Apple's iconic smartphone has been limited to parts for the modem. The investment house says that an integrated chip for a low-cost Apple iPhone could mean $15 per unit into Qualcomm's coffers. That might considered found money by the chip maker considering that most Android and Windows Phone models are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
1. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
What will it be called? iPhone AL-ZEBRA :)
3. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
That's just down right mean and unnecessary!
46. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I am sooo (not) looking forward for this "low-cost" iphone
54. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)
By today's standard iPhone 5 seems a mid-ranger, I wonder where this so called low end low cost iPhone will take us? 90's? And ya it would come with resolutionary, revolutionary and all those charming words!
20. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)
Who will buy
mini iphone, or what so ever
There r many smartphones out there for lower price. of Samy,Sony,HTC,
Lg, & many other.
fools will buy dis one
firstly s3 mini and now dis one.
just copy cat..........
41. AppLE.R0yally. (banned) (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
We like that™
53. MONUQ (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
and it will still be premium...i we compare to budget phones prices....
2. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I'm confused....... how will this "low-end" Iphone be any different from their current flagships: Iphones 4S and 5, respectively???
11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
So......?????? Are they using all the chips left-over from iPhone 3G?
7. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
That's what I was trying to figure out, where would it fall performance wise. I can't see people wanting anything less than the performance they may see on an ip4 or 4S. So will these chips be as good or better than the A5 or A6? (Forgive me if the chip numbers are wrong, but you get what I'm saying)
50. remixfa (Posts: 14253; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
It said snapdragon, not krait. More than likely your looking at a dual core krait at best, most likely a dual core snapdragon at worst.
51. Whateverman (Posts: 3236; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Oh yeah, duh! And we all know how you feel about snapdragons, lol! Has that change any with the new crop of processors or do you still feel they are subpar? I know the Octo will be an absolute BEAST, but how you think the 600(or is it the 800?) will compare?
33. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)
How about iphone 4 renamed as iphone mini ?im sure many ifans will buying it they dont Care whats inside the phone, they will buying it because apple logo on the back
4. maxis3G (unregistered)
6. ajac09 (Posts: 1405; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
here we go again with this rumor lol one day it will be right.. one day
9. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
I'm not so sure this is the best move for Apple. Might be good for consumers on the lookout for a good deal, but Apple (and with that APPL)? No.
Why? Multiple screen sizes, multiple processors, lower-end devices differentiating user experiences... anyone remember when "fragmentation" was a buzzword?
It sound like Apple is actively trying to bring it back and apply it to themselves.
And, with their long-term marketing showcasing their products as something that "just works" the regular consumer certainly will buy the low end devices for that lil' Apple logo on the back, as they're still expecting them to be backed up by Apple quality. That will be some more profit margin erosion for them. They'll still have a large number of sales and a lot of profit on revenue, but APPL is going to be hit right in the junk.
I guess Tim Cook said not to fear cannibalization because, well... he's a cannibal.
10. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
Low end usually means a dual core, small screen, and easily bent/scratch materials
iPhone 5 has all three
Why not just lower the prices on the iPhone4s?
I wouldn't mind getting my mother and father one
12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Any smart phone with a screen of 5 inch and price greater than 13k (roughly $250 inclusive of all taxes) gets unaffordable. This is where Micromax is really dominating the market.
15. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
I've just about had it with these analysts coming up with their stupid theories and predictions especially about Apple !!
For Apple switching to another type of chip maker and architecture doesn't make a lot of sense. Why?? Because all their iPhones ar made on the Cortex ARM (which until recently were provided by Samsung) especially their own custom SoC found on the 4S and 5, and the entire iOS is designed to run on these chips.
If you don't have any idea what I'm talking (just like these analysts) then you won't understand what I am saying. But I know I'm right.
26. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Oh, and you think you're better than these analysts? How come you're not an analyst yourself? Want to know why? Because you can't. Because you don't know ANYTHING more than these analysts.
29. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)
Wow nice reply there kid...stay in school and don't do drugs.
Oh and...let the grownups do the talking next time.
31. darkkjedii (Posts: 14445; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good comeback. U made him look weak by not going ballistic on him.
36. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
'comeback'? LOL confirmed for 14 year old.
35. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Guess what? These analysts went to school. Your case however, is questionable. All you do is kick, cry and scream 'OHH THEYRE DUMB THEY DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT THEYRE TALKING ABOUT!'. Try to actually be logical instead of getting butthurt and becoming a keyboard warrior.
42. jroc74 (Posts: 5257; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
They are like you said..... theories and predictions
Treat them as such and act accordingly. All we can do is guess right along with them.
16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
you guys really dont get it do you? if apple has roamed this far into "android land" then you can take a WILLLLLLD guess where they are heading next.....
hint......hint..........change of UI..............maybe?...... to look more like android.........maybe?
meanwhile be on the look out for samsung to look more and more like ios and the iphone....lol
37. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
That's ironic, considering majority of the xperia series looks like the Galaxy S2. Get off the internet and go play your PS3, which is the reason why you even worship Sony anyways lmao
40. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
I normally skip reading into anything "Apple" but for some reason I get in here. Anyway
Can you name one Xperia, or any Sony (Ericsson) handset that remotely looks any other, and I mean ANY OTHER device out there? Unless that other device is following what Sony (Ericsson) did with the design.
47. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"more and more like ios and the apple"? How? Rounded square icons? No surprise though, Samsung has bring multitasking on Android to a whole different level, with system apps like Multi-Windows, S-Planner, S-Note, Pop-up Play, Pop-up browser, Pop-up note and Smart features like Smart Stay and Smart Rotation. Samsung is the only OEM that actually innovates both in hardware and software department. No wonder why Touchwiz UX is the most popular and most appreciated Android OEM custom framework among the devs on XDA. It's even considered to be superior to AOSP.
But seriously dude, why are you so obssessed with Samsung? I know they're the one of best if not the best, according to nearly every tech sites but your fanboyism is irrational and a lil bit too far. You must have some kind of serious mental afflictions. You can't even write a single comment without mentioning Samsung. Try Yoga bro! According to rumours, it helps.
Btw, you know what they said; "Hatred and jealousy are just confused admiration.". =]
17. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
ha ha ha the apple fan was saying their will never never use a qualcomm chip on their device reason was that is much better wiz the A5 an the A6 chips but their did not know thoses chip was made by Samsung or their know about it but the apple fan denied it an look it now eating those word take that apple fan
18. joey18 (Posts: 574; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
cheap iphone same price lg nexus i dont think so apple sales overprice electronics mini ipad 329 asus nexus 199 mini ipad 229 real price this economic only rich people buy good stufff
19. joey18 (Posts: 574; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
iphone 4s still on the market over 400 is not cheap
23. techspace (Posts: 821; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
in most of the countries, the iphone 4s is more expensive than the galaxy s3 and the galaxy note 2........its very expensive, they should make it cheaper
21. techspace (Posts: 821; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
now, i think they will use the a5 processor like the ipod touch and the ipad mini, but if they make a cheaper 4 inch phone, then what will happen to the ipod touch?, and talking about a 3.5 inch phone, they already have the iphone 4 which will receive the latest software updates for years, and they also have the ipod touch 4g (16 gb) for $199
so, the cheaper iphone will reduce the sales of the older iphones and the ipod touches, so it doesn't make sense......
I have seen that many people love 4 inch phones because they can be used with one hand, its a good size, but now its time to make a 6 inch phablet with a few widgets and a couple of live tiles on the same simple, refined UI, and a phablet does not require to be small enough to be used with one hand.......instead of making cheaper phones, they should sell the older phones for cheaper rates and concentrate on a phablet( it should start at $249 with a contract and $699 unlocked....to retain their profit margin)
and after making an ipad mini with a6 and retina display, the older ipad mini should be sold for $279
they just can't make more money with a cheaper iphone
22. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
qualcomm is much better than exynos.
qualcomm's duals can defeat exynos quads easily.
25. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Qualcomm dual is terrible. Exynos quad complete dominates it. Exynos dual a15 annihilates Qualcomm. Even Apple's A6 beats sloppy Qualcomm.
28. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
On top of that, it's hilarious how Qualcomm used to poke fun at Exynos and Tegra saying their processors don't overheat and are more efficient yet their quad core needs to be put in a freezer to run at its full extent and have terrible efficiency LOL
30. ahhxd717 (Posts: 330; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
How is a dual core Krait S4 terrible? It powers most high end phones of 2012, and also the beloved S3, which powers it just fine. And Quad core Krait is obviously even better. And as far as power efficiency, I think Krait is actually good.
34. umadd (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
You must be blind. The S4 pro is absolutely TERRIBLE at power efficiency. On top of that, it can't even handle the display on the HTC Droid DNA.
38. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"On top of that, it can't even handle the display on the HTC Droid DNA."
49. jbjr43 (Posts: 48; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
Powers mine just fine. My DNA runs circles around my SGS 3. Battery life is better also.
27. techspace (Posts: 821; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
actually, ios is optimized for apple a series processors, so even if they use a two year old a5 processor and 512 mb ram, it will run all the latest apps and games for years...and the device will also run very well.....and this is not the same thing with android, so even very powerful processors may not be enough,they will not run all the games after a period of time
but seriously, i don't think apple needs a cheaper iphone, they should make a phablet like samsung......
24. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6973; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
analyst must be very bored this time around.
32. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
iphone Cheep - new name of low cost phone - 256k RAM, 2GB storage space, expandable to 2GB, scratchable all glass screen, breakable back plastic covering, 121 DPI screen quality.
39. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I don't think so... since all of the apps of apple are optimize on it's AX chips.. so might be A5 or A5X..because if they use different chips aside from its own, it will be a pain to devs..
43. jameshoe (unregistered)
iPhone 5s /5m
44. jameshoe (unregistered)
iPhone vs. Galaxy vs. Lumia vs. One?
45. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
I guess they will be using the cheap quadcore (MSM 8x26) since that could work well with Apple's Marketing talents.
52. vincent95 (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Uh, low cost iPhone? They already have one, it's called the iPhone 4.
55. joey18 (Posts: 574; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
who say the same story mini ipad but is overpriced apple will make iphone like the lg nexus same price i dont think so why old iphones still overpriced so the market share will continue go down bcs now is alot competition
56. joey18 (Posts: 574; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
the new iphone will call 5s and the cheap one the homeless phone