Apple's next-generation tablet may well come equipped with Qualcomm's 4G LTE Gobi 4000 chip, a recent report by CNet (opens in new tab) suggests.
According to a press release published by Qualcomm, the new chipset developed by the company, the 4G LTE Gobi 4000, is perfect for the future generation personal computer, tablet and e-reader operating systems.
"Embedded modules based on our new Gobi 4000 technology are designed to give consumers an uncompromised mobile connectivity experience, both in terms of download speeds and flexibility," Cristiano Amon, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, says.
The Gobi 4000 chipset enables 4G platforms and integrates Gobi Application Programming Interface (API) with LTE extensions. The press release hints at partnerships for devices running on Android and Windows. Even though Apple is not specifically listed among the possible partners to integrate the new chipset in its devices, Qualcomm is currently providing 3G chips for iPhones, and analysts suggest it is likely the two companies will be working together for the development of future devices.
The next Apple product to be released is most probably the next generation iPad, expected to be announced next spring, and if Apple does integrate Qualcomm's 4G LTE Gobi 4000, iPad 3 owners will benefit from better connectivity than the newest iPhone.