With plenty of rumors surrounding the Apple’s iPhone 5, the latest being a suspected September ship date, you might think rumors surrounding the iPhone 6 are a little premature. Mike Papillion at The Cell Phone Junkie has a different opinion however, and judging by his previous performance picking out the Verizon iPhone and associated chipset, we are inclined to lend an ear.
The thought process behind LTE support flows like this: Verizon’s iPhone 4 and the CDMA iPad 2 both utilize Qualcomm’s “Gobi” MDM6600 chipset, first announced in 2010, and found in production devices in 2011. With iPhone 6 expected some time in 2012, we should look to the most recently announced Qualcomm mobile broadband chipset to be featured, which is the MDM9615, announced at MWC in February. The chipset features low power consumption, integrated GPS, and a dedicated processor allowing such features as integrated Wi-Fi hotspots without needing to utilize the applications CPU. Qualcomm anticipates the MDM9615 to be available in late 2011, which puts it right in line to be utilized in iPhone 6 production.
Papillion further speculates that Qualcomm’s new baseband chipset will be paired with the yet to be announced Apple A6 CPU. Even rumors about the A6 are scarce, but there certainly remains plenty of time to investigate, as Apple will surely not (willingly) divulge any iPhone 6 information until well after the iPhone 5 has hit the market.