iPad 2 and iPhone 5 to Shift to Qualcomm Chipsets

Engadget managed to get some interesting info on the upcoming iPad 2 and iPhone 5. The details indicate that a shift to Qualcomm chipsets will be used. This shift will also be done on the next generation Apple TV from what we understand.

The new iPad will feature a dual GSM / CDMA chipset produced by Qualcomm and will mark Apple’s shift away from Infineon as its chipset maker to Qualcomm for all of its mobile devices. It’s not clear if the chipset being used will be based on the company’s EV-DO / HSPA Gobi variety or an entirely new design. Presumably, the strength of the new dual-mode chipset is that it will allow both Verizon and AT&T to offer the iPad simultaneously.

As well as switching to Qualcomm, the iPad 2 is to get 2 cameras (front and back facing). The screen will be higher resolution and akin (not the same) as the Retina Display on the iPhone 4. It will still be a 9.7 inch device. One unexpected addition is a microSD card slot which if the information proves to be correct, will be quite a shift for iOS based devices.

It is expected that the iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will continue to follow the yearly release cycle which means the iPad 2 should show up early April and the iPhone 5 in June sometime. As for the Apple TV, that will be later on this year.

Via: Engadget

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