Apple to use a Snapdragon chipset for the affordable iPhone, taps the TSMC foundry

Apple to use a Snapdragon chipset for the affordable iPhone, taps the TSMC foundry
The fiberglass or polycarbonate iPhone is coming, depending on which rumor you give an ear to, and it will allegedly feature 4G LTE connectivity, as per the latest speculation.

Well, no wonder, if the newest tidbit of info about the affordable iPhone is true, since it indicates Apple might go with a ready-made chipset solution, sourced from Qualcomm.

The mobile chip giant is unsurpassed in integrating the CPU, GPU and baseband modem, alongside all the radios you can think of, in power-frugal envelopes at a decent cost structure, so going with Qualcomm instead of dedicating R&D for a few bucks less per SoC is entirely up Apple's alley. 

The big news here is that Apple is tapping TSMC for producing the 28nm Snapdragon chipsets for the cheaper iPhone, which means Samsung will potentially lose a lot of business for its Austin, Texas foundry, which is currently making the iPhone and iPad chips.

source: Macotakara

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15 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

apple is losing their prestige day by day.... what a poor movement.. rip steve jobs.

2. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The polycarbanate or fiberglass iphone will surely copy the Lumia colors.

3. wendygarett unregistered

Yup, it will definitely looks like lumia with that colourful back, only different is the white plate on the front :)

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Does this means that Nokia is gonna sue Apple?

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Only after patenting the chemical that will be used for Glaze effect :D

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Will be interesting to see the sales numbers of a non premium Apple product. I also wonder if this is only for specific countries or world wide. We shall I see. I agree with the above poster though, they should have kept their premium association rather than enter the budget market. It might dilute their premium branding. Although I guess their outdated specifications will dilute it eventually when people finally catch on.

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

How much extra would they want over Micromax A116 for same specs as A116?

7. SEULATER

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Apple going on the low Now using cheap Snadragon, commercial, not using, Exynos.... I wonder what will they come up with next Its time to roll down

8. nikenturd unregistered

LOL, poor Apple.....what's next.... a $50 feature phone?

9. nikenturd unregistered

In a true typical Apple business fashion, they will going to cut all corners to make it affordable...I mean $400 -ish affordable

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

let me guess.....A Physical home button again?????

11. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Now iPhone followers will beat eachother like they used to pick on Android users.... They will call the user of the affordable iPhone "poor" and "cheap"... And it will be funny.. Its sad to see comments today of an apple user telling an android one that he/she is envy because of money... and assuming that the decision to use android was not base on choice but on economic situation... Anyway I will always enjoy my Android... be it my expensive S3 (that was stolen from me) or my cheaper Sony Xperia acro s....

13. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok....what am I missing.... Couldnt Apple just use their custom chip....and just make the phone cheaper? So....going to an outside source...is cheaper than using your own? And doesnt using a different chip risk more fragmentation? Custom Apple chips dont do LTE well?

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Tim's gonna earn himself a new nickname in Cupertino. The Cannibal.

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

uuuhhhmmm...why they'll use qualcomm SoC? that would just mess up with the iOS apps... why not sell iPhone 4/4S for $199 off contract? that would make sense!

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