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.