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Hacker Says iPhone 5 & iPad 2 Will Have Qualcomm Baseband

Confirmation that Apple's next generation flagship devices will come with Qualcomm's cellular baseband rather than the Intel-owned Infineon, seems to have come from a rather unusual source.

Italian Hacker Zibri wrote on his blog (opens in new tab)that Qualcomm will provide with the vital hardware after he managed to extract some interesting data from decompiling the latest iTunes.

Zibri says that two files which were identified in iTunes, "partition.mbn" and "AMSS.MBN", point to Qualcomm as they are the "building blocks" of any Qualcomm baseband infrastructure.

Apple Insider (opens in new tab) says that this could simply point to the CDMA iPhone that was just launched a few weeks ago rather than completely different devices.

But then, it would make a lot of sense if Apple decided to stick to one supplier in order to reduce costs, streamline the manufacturing process, reduce logistical mistakes and power consumption.

We predicted that the Apple iPhone 5 to be launched on the 6th of June 2011 and many rumours point to the fact that it will have a significantly better hardware, like a new Cortex A5 processor with improved graphics (PowerVR SGX543).

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 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.