CNET reports that an analyst from Rodman and Renshaw claims that Apple’s next generation phone will offer up support for both 3G technology and the futuristic LTE (Long Term Evolution) platform which is being touted as “4G” technology. Ashok Kumar said the following about the switch:
Switching suppliers for something as critical as a baseband (3G/4G) modem is a very complex and time-consuming task,” Kumar said in an interview. But once the switch is made, a commitment is typically long term.
Kumar follows the tune of a report we brought you earlier this month about Apple switching to Qualcomm for their baseband chip needs. Currently Apple gets their chips from Infineon, who was recently purchased by Intel.
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