Apple to use a Snapdragon chipset for the affordable iPhone, taps the TSMC foundry
posted by Daniel P. / Mar 08, 2013, 2:33 AM
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.
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The polycarbanate or fiberglass iphone will surely copy the Lumia colors.
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 2:45 AM 9
Yup, it will definitely looks like lumia with that colourful back, only different is the white plate on the front :)
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 2:54 AM 8
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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 Although I guess their outdated specifications will dilute it eventually when people finally catch on.
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 3:15 AM 1
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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....
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 6:06 AM 3
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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?
posted on Mar 08, 2013, 7:56 AM 3
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