More hints Apple is going with Qualcomm GSM/CDMA chipset for iPad 2, iPhone 5?

More hints Apple is going with Qualcomm GSM/CDMA chipset for iPad 2, iPhone 5?

Italian hacker Zibri went digging through iTunes and turned up some more hints that Apple just might be going with Qualcomm's hybrid GSM/CDMA hybrid chipset for iPhone 5.

In the picture above you see a "chunk" of code from the latest iTunes. Maybe, for the most of you, names like "partition.mbn" or "AMSS.MBN" means little or nothing. For me and a few others that means only one thing: QUALCOMM. Those files are the building blocks of any Qualcomm baseband.

So I can tell you that the next wave of iProducts will be using a QUALCOMM baseband. Which one I don't know... maybe the iPad2, maybe the iPhone5 most probably all of them.

Our buddy Mickey Papillon broke news of the Qualcomm chipsets back at CES 2010 so it'll be interesting to see if Apple finally pulls the trigger on them. It will be especially interesting to see if that means iPad 2 and iPhone 5 will be a dual-network releases, AT&T and Verizon in 2011?

[Zibri via AppleInsider]

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Stickybuns says:

@colin, are you just looking at things in the room and saying you love them?

frog says:

Ummmmmm... Isn't it far more likely this is for the Verizon iPhone?

Bob Brobst says:

Apple being Apple will probably consolidate to as few SKU's as soon as they can and dual chipset would do just that. Thus avoiding separate production line requirements.
I wonder what if any problems this new baseband may create for the jailbreak community.

Kei says:

Seems unbelievably sensible of them

Carmine says:

This brings up the question again whether Verizon Wireless customers, like myself, should go with the iPhone 4 once released on Feb. 10th, or wait to see if the iPhone 5 will be made available on the carrier in June.