Apple Reviewing Qualcomm LTE Chip for the Next iPhone


AppleInsider is reporting that they have received a report from Barclay’s that indicates Apple is indeed testing 4G/LTE chips for the next iPhone, expected to launch this fall. With the new iPad being shipped with 4G/LTE on board, it’s pretty much a sure thing that the next iPhone will ship with the same.

The chip being reviewed in the report is Qualcomm’s “MDM9615” LTE chip. It supports both voice and data over LTE, unlike the Qualcomm chip in the new iPad that only supports data. The report also suggests that the next iPhone will be a “world” device, supporting many different bands around the world from GSM/EDGE, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks. This is unlike the new iPad, which shipped in 2 different 4G/LTE models, one for AT&T and another for Verizon.

As you can see in the image above, it would seem there are three potential suppliers that could ship the new chips to Apple, but Barclay’s suggests that Skyworks may come out on top to be the primary supplier. It is expected to cost Apple an extra $3-$10 to upgrade the internal radio from 3G to 4G/LTE.

All rumours aside, I would be very surprised of the next iPhone did NOT support 4G/LTE. Most carriers are ready, or on there way to being ready for 4G, and most devices competing with the iPhone already support this new mobile standard.


  • FragilityG4

    Since the rumours seem to point to iTv being announced in the fall wouldn’t make sense that the new iPhone would be announced in late spring like previous releases?

  • I don’t think so. The iPhone release schedule has moved from summer to fall, and I don’t see them releasing a new iPhone this spring, with the iPad just being released. Just my opinion, though.

  • Guest

    Interested to see/know if LTE will be supported in Australia! 😮

  • Drew

    i was really hoping the iphone 5 would come out this summer, since my iphone 3G has been broken for a while. guess im gonna have to wait longer..

  • Anon

     Just buy a 4S off Craigs, then sell off when 5 is released.

  • Kraken

    An early release would just be stupid.  They need the full year to completely capitalize on the 4S, and a spring release would just be cutting it short.  They also need the extra time to work out all the bugs, as they don’t want another antennagate issue.

  • FragilityG4

    I just find it hard to believe that they would release two major products at the same time … But I guess stranger things have happened.

  • Well, the “iTV” isn’t even a real thing yet. A new iPhone is pretty much guaranteed. I predict a “soft” release of their tv, unless they are some how reinventing the tv, like they did with the phone. We’ll see.

  • FragilityG4

    If the rumours are true they are most defiantly reinventing it.