iPhone 5 Completely Redesigned, New Chipsets and Apple TV 1080p Support

According to Engadget’s well placed sources, Apple’s new devices will start using Qualcomm chipsets and this will start with the Verizon iPhone. The AT&T iPhone 4 currently uses an Infineon chipset. The sources also claim that the iPad 2, which has been rumored to launch early this year, is not close to being launched. This comes as good news for those who picked up the iPad as a holiday gift. Estimates have the iPad 2 on track for an April launch, which is the one year anniversary of the launch of the current generation iPad. The new iPad 2 will feature a new super high resolution display. While not the retina display on the iPhone 4, it will be include improvements over the current generation. They also expect a thinner, sleeker body and include the rumored front facing and rear cameras. In a surprising move, it might very well include an SD card slot. Other major changes include dual GSM/CDMA chipset from Qualcomm. This would allow both Verizon and AT&T to sell the same device.

iPhone 5

The information from this source did not end there. Big news on the iPhone 5 front. Sources claim the iPhone 5 will be a completely redesigned handset and will be released this summer. It’s no great surprise that Apple will release a new iPhone this summer, considering it’s a yearly occurrence. Most expected a minor specification bump wrapped in the same design. The Qualcomm chipset housed in the iPhone 5 allows for it to act as a CDMA, GSM or UMTS baseband processor. No LTE support at this point. It will run on Apple’s new A5 CPU.

No longer a hobby, the Apple TV will also see the A5 CPU allowing for full 1080p support. The source says 1080p playback is “like running water”.

That’s plenty of information on Apple’s complete mobile line and the Apple TV. This particular source was spot on with specifications of the second generation AppleTV 2. All the information sounds logical. Will it affect your plans to buy the Verizon iPhone? What could Apple have in mind for the redesigned iPhone 5? Testing is restricted to within Apple’s Cupertino campus, so there won’t be any prototypes left at a German brewhaus.

What’s your take? Discuss it in the iPhone 5 forums.

via Engadget


  1. Krypto says

    No LTE iPhone 5? What a let down. Hope VZW has a lil pull with Apple and pushes them to make a VZW LTE iPhone 5.

  2. Biron says

    There is no way apple would not jump on vzw’s 4g LTE network in my opinion, simply b.c they will just begin to lose their market value. Droids and dozens of other phones are projected to be on verizon with the 4g in the next coming months, if apple waits until summer of 2012 by then the market will be minuscule and apple never likes being in the outdated category, i cant see them letting these other phones get the brand new 4g network of the future, and apple still run on 3g.

  3. Tim Barribeau says

    I disagree on the LTE front — by all accounts using the LTE antenna is an absolutely huge battery drain, and until they refine the design majorly, I can’t see Apple getting on board with a device that might not even last a full day of use on a single charge. Apple was famously slow to get on 3G, and I imagine the same will be true of the iPhone 5. I’m not putting money on them having LTE at the next release.

    Normally I wouldn’t put much weight in the rumors of a complete iPhone redesign either, but I wonder if Apple might not do it in order to unify the Verizon/AT&T model split, Currently, you need slightly different cases for each, which is so inelegant that I’m surprised that Apple even did it. Pulling a redesign would unify the body of the different bands.

  4. says

    I agree with Tim on LTE. Other companies like HTC, Motorola are supporting LTE in order to win the spec war necessary to compete with other Android phones. There is not the broad coverage we enjoy with 3G, CDMA. Add the battery drain issue and it would be very un-Apple like to jump into LTE. That might be one of advantages to some Android phones, but I don’t think it’ll be significant enough to impact sales of the iPhone V on Verizon, AT&T.

    I personally take issue with all the false advertising done by Sprint. They sell 4G phones, charge you for “premium data” and it’s still not available in plenty of areas. I live in Long Island, which is not exactly a rural area. They’ve been selling 4G phones since June in my area and we still don’t have 4G. Can you imagine the uproar if Apple sold phones with LTE where carriers charged for “premium data” when it wasn’t available.

  5. Hawk says

    I think the report by engadget is a little off for the upcoming iPhone. Sure, AntennaGate has ruffled a lot of feathers, and the back glass being weaker than the front has definitely been a problem, but look at what we already know as true:
    1) there was a short lived video showing a new antenna/frame design that matches the current Verizon iPhone, with the major exception of having a SIM slot. Apple had the video pulled shortly after it went up, and this was before the verizon announcement.
    2) If Apple decides to completely redesign the iPhone for the summer 2011 release, and you ignore the video, then all the redesign work to make the Verizon iPhone was almost a complete waste of time. Sure, there is money going to be made, but for all the design effort and production costs, is it really worth doing if you have a completely new model in the works that will be released 6 months later? that’s not exactly smart business. Yes I know, Verizon was dying to get the iPhone on their network asap, but wouldn’t it have been better to just announce it and wait?
    3) having 2 different network models it going to strain current production. While necessary at the moment, I see 1 phone coming out this summer. And because of previously mentioned evidence, I think that it’s still going to look like the iPhone 4 with the verizon antenna frame plus a SIM slot.
    4) Just forget the whole LTE debate. Apple doesn’t bandwagon jump for anyone, and until they are confident about maintaining a superior battery life like they do now, as well as actually having the network coverage to support it, there is no way they are going to implement LTE tech. They would rather be late and “do it right” than race to the finish line ahead of everyone else. Look at all the features that were “late” getting to the iPhone that other brands carried for years. And the reason they were late? Apple wanted to do it in the best way possible for battery life and performance. They believe it’s better to be late and great, than to be first and possibly worst.

  6. Matt says

    mann, i just got the iphone 4. Please Apple give me a minute to enjoy it before you come out with a new iphone. Why not improve iphone 4 with better features first???

  7. DwayneD says

    The redesign works because there are some serious flaws with iPhone 4, and because it was not designed to hold all the new cool stuff laid out for iPhone 5.

    The current design is 1) problematic on glass and antenna, 2) designed for one type of network (they had to sqeeze the hybrid GSM/CDMA architechture into a phone designed for one type of architechture 3) a redesign is the most compelling reason for iPhone 4 owners to upgrade, 4) the inclusion of Near Field Communication technology may require more space, 5) dual core CPUs like the rumored A5 will have different heat requirements, where the 3G and 3G S were very, similar in terms of internal hardware.

    We’ve seen Apple do this before– namely between the iPhone and the iPhone 3G. The re-use of the design for the 3G S could have been as much of an anomaly as the redesign between the Original and 3G.

    Anything can happy but for the reasons above, I think a redesign’s in order. Besides, in an age of Android superphones, redesign gets all the buzz.

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