Rumor-fest: From Infineon to Qualcomm, A5 Processors, SD Cards in Second Generation iPads

Engadget just got a massive scoop that, if correct, could signify quite a few major changes in upcoming Apple devices.

First off, Apple is supposedly moving from Infineon — maker of chipsets for the iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4 — to Qualcomm. Why? Simply because Qualcomm offers chips that support both CDMA and GSM technologies, something that future models of iDevices would need to function on networks like AT&T and Verizon without requiring two different product streams. This chipset is rumored to be included on the iPad 2, but everything is ultimately leading up to the release of the iPhone 5 this summer, which is apparently being tested by senior staff confined to Apple’s campus as I type this. The handset is supposed to be redesigned, and will feature the new chipset, an updated (and significantly more powerful) A5 processor, and other features courtesy of iOS 5.

Engadget believes the device to be a :

total rethink from a design standpoint and will be running atop Apple’s new A5 CPU (a Cortex A9-based, multi-core chip). This device, like the iPad 2, will feature a Qualcomm chipset that does triple duty as the CDMA / GSM / UMTS baseband processor — from what we hear there’s no LTE in the mix at this point.

Also noteworthy is the scoop on the upcoming Apple A5 in-house SoC: apparently, it’s fast. Fast enough to power through 1080p video “like running water.” Of course, the scoop also says that Apple is hard at work on the third generation of the Apple TV, which will feature the A5 processor.

Most surprisingly, though, is the purported addition of SD cards in second generation iPad models.

That’s right — our sources say with near certainty that the device will have a dedicated SD slot built in (with no traditional USB slot).

The source also claims an updated screen on the iPad, which will feature a higher pixel density, like its iPhone 4 brethren.

Overall, the scoop details a very, very busy year for Apple as they continue to grab marketshare and offer new products.


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