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Qualcomm To Make Apple iPhone 5, iPad 2 Parts

US manufacturer Qualcomm has apparently been chosen by Apple to manufacture the wireless components that will be at the core of the Apple iPhone 5 and the iPad 2 (and other derivatives).

The China Economic News paper says that Qualcomm will produce the parts that will be released in mid 2011. News that the iPad 2 will be launched in mid 2011 are slightly contradictory to news of the next generation Apple tablet being launched early 2011.

Apple swapped contractors after Intel acquired the wireless division of Infineon. Back then, Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini said that Steve Jobs was very happy with the fact that Intel won the bid.

Qualcomm will use TSMC's 65nm manufacturing process to produce the chips, raising questions as to whether there will be enough capacity to match demand.

The move to Qualcomm might also be linked to persistent rumours that Apple will be launching a CDMA version of the iPhone and will look to consolidate suppliers by lditching Broadcom as the baseband supplier for the iPad.