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Qualcomm masters wireless charging on smartphones with metal exteriors

Qualcomm has announced the company has mastered the dark arts that is wireless charging on smartphones that have metal exteriors. Utilizing Qualcomm's WiPower technology, the company has engineered a solution to enable said charging means in metal phones.

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Apple's 64-bit A7 chip "hit us in the gut," says Qualcomm employee

Despite Qualcomm's comments to the contrary, Apple's introduction of the 64-bit A7 processor used in the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and Retina iPad mini has sent people within Qualcomm into a panic. That's the word from an article posted to Hubspot by Dan Lyons - he of "Fake Steve Jobs" fame - who joined Hubspot earlier this year as "Marketing Fellow."

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Qualcomm executive dismisses 64-bit A7 as a "marketing gimmick"

A Qualcomm executive has claimed that Apple's 64-bit A7 processor is a marketing ploy. Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, claims that there is no benefit to consumers from the processor being 64-bit.

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Apple rumored to be looking at putting Intel inside... their iPhone radios

Intel never managed to get their bread-and-butter chipset business into the iPhone, which has always been all-in on ARM. A new rumor, however, suggests they may have a second bite at that Apple - with the radio. Anton Nehaenko for Kommersant (translated):

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Making sense of iPhone 5 LTE rumors

There are a couple of conflicting stories this weekend about wether or not Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 -- which could be set for launch on October 7 -- will have 4G LTE wireless networking built in.

BGR claims to have caught a glimpse at a plist file (preferences list) from an iPhone carrier that shows some interesting LTE info:

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Apple preparing to ship thinner, lighter iPhone 5?

It's not the wink-wink, nudge-nudge controlled leak we've come to expect from The Wall Street Journal, but according to their supply chain sources "familiar with the situation", iPhone 5 might indeed have a new casing:

According to some suppliers of components to Apple, the new version of the iPhone is expected to be thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4 and sport an 8-megapixel camera. One person said the new iPhone will operate on Qualcomm Inc.'s wireless baseband chips.

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iPhone 6 to support LTE in 2012 via Qualcomm MDM9615?

Mickey Papillon nailed the Verizon iPhone and the chipset it would be using a year before it was announced, so when he says LTE just might be coming to iPhone 6 in 2012 via the Qualcomm MDM9615, we're going to pay attention.

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iPhone 5 release pool: Concord says late 2011, 8mp camera, A5 processor, Qualcomm baseband

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Continuing our policy on having fun with iPhone 5 date rumors, TiPb is once again adding an analyst to our iPhone 5 release pool. This time it's Concord Securities as reported by Apple Insider:

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TiPb Answers: Why isn't iPad 2 dual-mode GSM+CMDA?

Instead of releasing separate iPad 2 models for AT&T/GSM and Verizon/CDMA, why doesn't Apple just use that new Qualcomm dual-mode chipset and support both GSM and CDMA on one device? That way users could not only swap microSIMs and move between different GSM/HSPA networks when they travel abroad, they could switch between AT&T and Verizon's CDMA/EVDO networks when at home. (For an explanation of what all those terms mean see TiPb's data and wireless networking glossary.)

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TiPb TV 14: iPad 2 rumor boogaloo

The iPad 2 is almost certainly coming this spring and the rumors just won't stop! Will it or won't it have a Retina Display, will there be a Verizon model or a combo model, will it have a bunch of new ports? And most importantly -- will it be smaller and lighter with less bezel?! Those are the questions we're getting asked the most often these days and they're the topic for today's episode of TiPb TV!

We cover the pros of staying 1x with 1024x768, going for it at 2x with 2048x1536 and the cons of trying to do anything in between. We wonder if that new Qualcomm GSM/CDMA chipset could join a super sweet Apple A5 processor inside iPad 2. We talk about Apple taking their Camera Kit and VGA adapter and whether they'd ever really build them into SD card, USB and MiniDisplay ports that some users may just never use.

And then I tell Rene he's wrong about there being no changes coming to the iPad bezel. (Apple better back me up on that!)

Check out the video above and then let us know what you want from Apple in iPad 2 -- and what you absolutely don't want!

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