Apple to Use Qualcomm Processors for Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Forbes reports that analysts at Detwiler Fenton believe Apple is working on a low-cost iPhone that uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor rather than the Apple-created processors that the company is currently using for the iPhone.

    Detwiler adds that using a Snapdragon processor would allow Apple to integrate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi into the processor, which would allow for a lower-cost single chip rather than three separate chips. Apple has been rumored for years to be looking at creating a low-cost iPhone for emerging markets, but the rumors have accelerated in recent weeks amid suggestions that such a device could launch later this year.

    Apple has invested significant amounts of money and people into its own chip design efforts, and the company has typically been willing to user older-generation chips in its lower-priced products as a way to cut costs. Consequently, Apple would seem to be more likely to pursue that route for a low-cost device rather than tapping an all-new partnership for the main chip with Qualcomm.

    Article Link: Apple to Use Qualcomm Processors for Low-Cost iPhone for Emerging Markets?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    They could do anything, at anytime, with anyone.
    But that doesn't mean they will.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008

    If there's a cheaper iPhone, it'll use an AX chip. Guaranteed.
  4. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    What is rumors?
  5. macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    The rumours become increasingly stupid.

    Next thing you know, someone will claim Apple will ship it with android OS, using an iOS-like skin.
  6. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I think MacRumors has accidentally started tracking a Apple-Knock off company who is indeed planning to release exactly that this year. They'll call it the iPhone 5-
  7. M-O
    macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    Apple releases $49 Android smartphone.
  8. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    Just think if this becomes true...

    A few years from now - there will be a bunch of people on here bemoaning how Samsung and other Android manufacturers copied Apple by using Snapdragon....
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    So years of CPU development throw away only to have another CPU, cheaper and creating more segmentation? Yea, looks like an Apple plan
  10. macrumors 68030


    Your guess is as good as mine but, I'm gonna be the devil's advocate here and counter, that with a less expensive phone they could have explosive growth in emerging markets, (that are largely pre-paid), while maintaining profit margins, something that, judging by AAPL's recent stock plunge, would be welcome news for both APPLE as a company and investors alike.

    An APPLE ecosystem gateway, if you will, for less affluent, but enormous societies. I'm thinking win-win here.
    They can still have their top-notch components for the more established, and demanding, markets.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    If it can be integrated in to snapdragon why couldn't apple just license the blocks for integration into the Ax range?
    Then they would get the same cost and size saving in all iDevices not just the low end.
  12. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
  13. Mebsat, Jan 26, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013

    macrumors regular

    May 19, 2003
    Makes sense

    As odd as it sounds, it could make a lot of sense.

    1) Apple wants to lower its costs for phones in emerging markets
    2) Older AX chips don't have the features
    3) They are not going to add those features to older chips
    4) Even if the older chips could be used, if they want to make a lot of phones for emerging markets, they really don't want to have their production lines bogged down making low margin components.
    5) It's still OSX/iOS, Apple probably has ports on lots of platforms ready to go (e.g. OSX on Intel project)
    6) Any performance hits would be appropriate for the cheap model, with the flagship iPhone with A6(A7...) as the aspirational product

  14. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    Well, as we learned from android, nothing says cheap like a snapdragon...
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2013

    I haven't invested in AAPL so I may be way off the mark here, but I'd expect many investors to jump ship BECAUSE of the rumours of budget versions of Apple devices.

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