iPhone 5 promo (LTE chip 001)

Starting with the iPhone 5, Apple has switched to using a single-chip LTE module which, by the way, costs $10 more than the cellular module in the iPhone 4s.

There has been talk lately of Apple possibly adopting a tightly integrated solution that would combine both LTE modem and a main processor on a single A8 chip, akin to many Android devices.

According to a new report by Fudzilla, this won’t happen in the next iPhone generation as Apple is once again looking to turn to its longtime supplier Qualcomm for dedicated LTE chips…

Fudzilla writes, citing “well informed industry sources”, that Apple is not working on its own LTE modem as of yet.

Apple will focus on making a fast 64-bit ARM-based successor to the Cyclone-based Apple A7, possibly codenamed A8, and this chip will once again be a big piece of silicon without an integrated LTE modem. Apple will continue to use Qualcomm’s external LTE chip for the next iPhone.

By comparison, integrated mobile chipsets from Qualcomm pair an LTE modem to the CPU, GPU, memory controller and other parts, on a single die.

Exhibit A: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 has an LTE modem capable of supporting download speeds of up to 150Mbits per second. Nvidia and Mediatek are also working on similar solutions and Intel is said to have “something in the works” as well.

Given Apple’s penchant for integrated designs, I’m pretty sure the company’s semiconductor and wireless teams are working on a future A-series processor with an integrated cellular modem.

This wouldn’t just help reduce the cost of components, but also allow for simpler designs and enable power savings versus using LTE on a dedicated chip.

  • Adnan Mosali

    I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing ! lol

    • felixtaf

      I was about to post the same thing… 🙂

    • Maxim∑

      It just means that the LTE module won’t be on the SoC so it will take up more space internally. But if apple makes the iPhone bigger that shouldn’t be an issue

  • iBanks

    Wishing for talk and data simultaneously on Verizon Wireless on my iPhone at some point, regardless on who can make it happen.

    • Manuel Molina

      Agree. Verizon is everywhere around me and their LTE is awesome. But I hate having to look for Wi-Fi while on a call because Apple won’t adopt like Android did.

      • Rowan09

        Apple only makes one phone now and it would cost then more making Sprint and Verizon models differently. Maybe Verizon should adopt to Apple’s style instead of the other way around. I work on these phone at times and making one phone instead of different models is a lot easier and cheaper.

      • billz310

        It’s not apple, it’s Verizon’s infrastructure. They don’t support that while AT&T and t-mobile do

      • iBanks

        I would have to disagree on that one because 4G/LTE Android devices has been doing this for quite some time.

      • chris125

        Actually verizon does. LTE supports it, even many 1st gen LTE phones on verizon did. Apple just likes being difficult.

    • Antzboogie

      Thats why I left Sprint for T-Mobile why do they charge more for less its dumb. T-Mobile offers simultaneous talk and data they are more ahead right now tech wise and their customer base is growing.

  • Framboogle

    I hope they add at least another GB of RAM…

  • Jason Baroni

    They won’t walk backwards. Apple may work on something not different for the user on LTE usage or upgrade it.

  • AlbertGomez

    Don’t Care…no LTE in my country so..

    • Jason Baroni

      … is so how 3G should be. That’s my life

  • Andres

    yea…. it will integrate something even better!

  • Jonathan

    So, if it’s just the processor, will it have quad-core power, or not?

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    iDon’t care. I’ll be getting the WIFI iPad.

  • Noah Mospan

    If LTE were in more places I would care.

  • Good. Most regions in the world do not have LTE.

  • Chris

    Really? Can we please come up with some rumors that make sense, this is just stupid now