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Apple To Choose Qualcomm For iPhone 5 Baseband Hardware?

Apple may well be considering ditching Infineon baseband solutions for the iPhone 5 (or whatever the next generation iPhone is called) for Qualcomm's after the former was acquired by Intel.

Chinese newspaper Chinatimes (opens in new tab) reports that the switch may actually have already taken place with other products like the iPad also concerned.

The newspaper did not say whether the move was motivated by the Intel acquisition and some observers have deducted that the decision could mean that Apple will be looking to launch a CDMA iPhone in 2011.

Doing so would allow the company to expand its market in the US and finally end up the AT&T exclusivity. Qualcomm's latest baseband solutions are flexible enough to provide Apple with an all-rounder phone capable of being rolled out worldwide from day one.

Intomobile (opens in new tab) noted also that when Paul Otellini, the CEO of Intel, was interviewed over the acquisition of Infineon, he stated that Steve Jobs was quite happy about the deal.

Nevertheless, should Infineon lose Apple, it will have a significant impact on the profitability of the company in the short term.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.