While the iPhone CDMA does not hit the streets to be taken apart by the people of iFixit, for now we can only speculate about its components. And speculating was what the Wall Street Journal did: consulting the UBM TechInsights, the newspaper says that CDMA chips are practically synonymous with Qualcomm. Therefore, this must be Apple's supplier for the new smartphone, something that will certainly appear in the company's next financial results.
However, contrary to what many people predict, each baseband it can only cost $ 12, the same as the GSM component from Infineon. This would be possible through the use of a simple chip, which cannot be adapted to work on 4G networks. The total cost of manufacturing the 32GB device, according to UBM, could be around US $ 175 much less than US $ 200 at the time of launch, thanks to the cheapness of memories.
And, as we talk about Qualcomm, the Apple Daily mentions rumors that it will start using substrates from Kinsus Interconnect Technology to manufacture basebands for the iPhone 5. The same sources also mention the use of a new A8 processor, with materials from Kinsus, in the next generation of the smartphone. This chip could either be a renewal of the ARM Cortex-A8 models, or an Apple design uniting two A4 cores, with the architecture multi-core Cortex-A9.
Rumors indicate that the components should leave Kinsus by the end of March, which matches the arrival of the next generation of iPhones in the middle of the year.
Update (s 21h35)
How about tempering these rumors with a little evidence found in the code of the beta version of iOS 4.3?
The image above and to the side is small, but has a clear description: IMGSGX543Driver.bundle. Knowing that the current graphic system of the iPhone 4 uses the design of the POWERVR SGX535 GPU from Imagination Technologies and that SGX543 did the name of the next generation already realize what I want to get at?
A much more powerful GPU, with support for OpenCL and operation with multi-core processors should be on the way. To give you an idea, while the SGX535 processes 28 million polygons and 500 million pixels per second, the SGX543 can process 35 million polygons and 1 billion pixels at the same speed.