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The next iPhone will be a CDMA / GSM hybrid, but support for LTE / 4G networks will only arrive in 2012

During Apple's last earnings conference, Tim Cook talked about the chances of a next iPhone adopting LTE / 4G cellular network technologies. In short, the response from Ma's COO was: ?Now? Not in thought! ?

In fact, hardware that currently offers compatibility with LTE networks has a number of disadvantages. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4 CDMA already has a baseband it also supports GSM networks, a feature that is not only currently used, but should be in the next generation of the device, according to the Verizon CFO.

Qualcomm baseband chip

Everything is very good, but what's new in all this? It turns out that, according to a very pertinent analysis by the The Cell Phone Junkie, the MDM6600 chips, currently used in iPhones and CDMA iPads, were announced by Qualcomm in March 2010, that is, between their revelation and the appearance in iGadgets about a year has passed.

Do you know what was announced by Qualcomm in February this year? The MDM9615 chip, with support for LTE (FDD and TDD), DC-HSPA +, EV-DO Rev-B and TD-SCDMA in short, 3G and 4G, GSM and CDMA at the same time. In addition, the MDM9615 solves the main problems of current chips, which Apple does not want to use: it is smaller, cheaper and uses less energy. Doing the math, we probably have this hardware available by the end of 2011, a perfect time for iPhone 6 prototypes (with A6 processors, of course) to be tested.

While 2012 does not arrive, in September the next generation of the Apple smartphone should already be on the market. For now, there is talk of a device with a completely renewed design, equipped with an A5 processor and compatible with GSM / CDMA networks.

(via MacRumors)