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.
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.
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