Global-ready iPhone 5S (iPhone 6) Reports Surface Courtesy of a Qualcomm Chipset
Article by: Carlo Raphael Diokno, Posted on Feb 23, 2013.
Will Apple use Qualcomm’s new high-end chip? A totally-global ready iPhone coming this year? With LTE?
There’s this report referring to a cheaper iPhone coming this year, there’s also this one coming from the hardware news department claims that Apple can tap Qualcomm’s new chip if it wants a “truly global” iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.
As reported by Pocket-Lint, the new Qualcomm RF360 is the new solution that will allow smartphone manufacturers like Apple, known for its more unified smartphone ecosystem, to release a truly-global-ready device. Apple can put this on the rumored iPhone 5S or iPhone 6, apparently, allowing device owners to switch from their local carrier to international carriers easily without losing the 4G LTE goodness (if available in the country).
The new LTE-ready Qualcomm RF360 chip-set supports seven wireless radio technologies including the widely popular GSM/EDGE, CDMA and of course, LTE. The new Qualcomm chip also offers better RF performance.
Since this is pure speculation, we should take it with a grain of salt. However, Apple is obsessed with global compatibility. In fact, the company started shipping almost-global ready iPhones two years ago, the iPhone 4S which was marketed by Apple as a “world phone.” The device’s follow-up, the iPhone 5, is more global ready especially the Verizon iPhone 5 which includes an unlocked nano-SIM card slot.
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