Apple could use Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for cheap iPhones
Rumors concerning the launch of a low-cost iPhone have intensified in recent months, the device is expected to be launched later this year. So far nobody knows anything about it, besides the fact that it would have a plastic cover, but today we learn that it could use a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. Apple would be interested to use the SoC’s from Qualcomm that is produced using 28nm fabrication process, but just a cheap iPhone, other iPhones will have implemented chips from the A series.
As a story of an information source knowing a lot about the market, Taiwanese TSMC accepts an order of processor production for Snapdragon based cheap edition iPhone made in Qualcomm, and Commercial Times reports when I seem to start production by the second-quarter in 2013.
To be honest, I think that this is one of the least inspired rumors about cheaper iPhone that Apple is expected to use it and I think it only serves to further increase shareholder of the Qualcomm value. Since Apple has several models of the A chips, what logical reason would be the company to choose an image made by another manufacturer? Apple can implement an A5, A6, or A6x chip in the cheaper iPhone and most likely will do so because it is the cheapest and best solution.
Apple develops iOS to work as well as can be with a certain type of hardware and the redesign of the operating system to work with other processors is not what Apple will be willing to do.