We are quite sure that just as the sun rises in the east, so too, will Apple release a new version of their iPhone in the days ahead. The question is when, how much will it go for, and just what kind of specifications will Cupertino throw into the mix? Word from an industry report indicates that Apple has already decided on the firms who will supply them with the relevant radio chips for the future iPhone. Analysts over at Barclay’s claim that Skyworks will offer Apple with the LTE power amplifiers for bands 13 and 17 at $0.75 each, while the 2G/EDGE power amplifier module will cost $1 a pop, with the WLAN PA/low noise amplifier going for the price of one bad-ass rapper – 50 cents. Right now, Skyworks churns out around $1.20 worth in parts for the iPhone 4S, and if this bit of news were to be true, then it would mean they would offer more in the next generation iPhone at $3 thereabouts.It seems as though Apple will do away with the current surface acoustic wave (SAW) RF filters, replacing them with film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs) instead. Perhaps Apple wants to rely on the advanced FBARs due to improved manufacturing techniques which has seen an efficiency increase as well as an overall price reduction. One thing is for sure – the next generation iPhone (some call it the iPhone 5) does seem to offer quite a quantum leap in improvements compared to its predecessor.
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