Report: Future iPad, iPhone to have Qualcomm chips

Apple will move away from the current chipsets from Infineon used in the iPad and iPhone 4, in favor of Qualcomm's, which will enable dual-mode mobile devices, according to a report by Engadget.

Apple is reportedly switching up the wireless chipset used in future versions of both the iPad and iPhone.
Apple is reportedly switching up the wireless chipset used in future versions of both the iPad and iPhone. iFixit

Is Apple moving to a new wireless chipset supplier for the next iPad and iPhone?

An unnamed but "reliable" source is quoted by Engadget today saying that Apple is going to ditch the current Infineon chipsets used in both devices and move to Qualcomm instead. The report seems entirely plausible.

Verizon already let it slip that it's going to have an iPad that runs on its network. It's very likely that will be for its CDMA network, and not LTE. The current iPad model only works on GSM networks. Apple probably doesn't want to have to make two different iPads the way it's currently making two different models of iPhone (one with GSM chips for AT&T et al., and one with CDMA for Verizon and perhaps other future carrier partners), so switching to a chipset that allows the device to connect to both networks would be smart. Qualcomm has that, or is going to, very soon.

It's long been rumored Apple would eventually start shipping a dual-mode iPhone--a report that the iPhone 5 would work on GSM and CDMA networks hit back in October --so going that way with both of its flagship mobile products makes a lot of sense.

Engadget also notes that while the next iPad won't have a USB port, it will have an SD card slot, and has some images of what it would look like.

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