So far in all of Apple’s iOS products, they have relied on their custom-built AX chipset instead of relying on manufacturers such as Qualcomm or NVIDIA. However according to a recent report by China Times (via Macotakara), they are claiming that Apple could be using a version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoC to help power the rumored low-cost iPhone. The report has indicated that Apple will be turning to TSMC and using their 28nm process to build these chips, and naturally would be turning away from Samsung who has typically been the one to help manufacture Apple’s AX chips.
While this might seem like an odd move for Apple, AppleInsider claims that there are two 28nm classes of Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets – the 400 and 800 series. Both series offer on-board communications such as the standard cellular modem, Bluetooth and WiFi, which could ultimately save Apple money which we guess is the whole point behind the low-cost iPhone in the first place. Rumors of a low-cost iPhone have been floating about for quite a while now, with suggestions indicating a plastic body much like the iPhone 3GS to help the Cupertino company capture the emerging market. Of course it remains to be seen if such a situation will play out, but it’s definitely worth taking into consideration.
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