Apple’s low-cost iPhone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor from TSMC’s 28nm production lines, according to a source at the China Times.
If that rumor is correct, it would be a departure from Apple’s attempts to remain with its own A-series processors for Apple iOS-based devices. Apple’s A-series processors are built at a Samsung facility in Texas. Apple and Samsung, however, have continued to separate their business relationship. In late 2012, Samsung announced that it would no longer provide Apple display displays because of restrictions placed on the products by Apple.
While Apple may be moving towards Snapdragon processors in order to fulfill low-cost iPhone orders, the Times claims the company will remain with the A-series chipset for other iOS devices.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon series features 400 and 800 models, both of which offers the 28nm-build along with an all-in-one setup that includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular capabilities. By combining all three of those services onto one chip, Apple could save money on its low-cost iPhone build process.
While Apple is only expected to offer 3G mobile connectivity on its first generation low-cost iPhone, the company could kick the Snapdragon processor up to 4G LTE in the future.
Producing an entry-level iPhone involves the work of many manufacturers, Apple is buying LCD drivers from Renesas, NAND memory form Toshiba, Elpida, Micron, Technology, SanDisk, and SK Hynix, and various other parts from around the world.
Apple and processor manufacturer TSMC have not yet responded to claims regarding the Samsung Snapdragon processor and its use in the low-cost iPhone.
Another cost-saving rumor has pointed to the development of a plastic case for the entry-level Apple iPhone. That rumor has also not been confirmed nor denied by Apple at this time.
Would you be more likely to purchase a low-cost iPhone if Apple provided you with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor?