Apple, Inc. (AAPL) been up to? That's
a might find question as the trendy California gadget maker hasn't launched an
all-new phone since
June 2010 -- unless you count the white iPhone launch of
April or the January
launch of a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon Communications, Inc.'s (VZ)
Well Apple is rumored to have a couple tricks up its sleeve for its users.
According to a Bloomberg report, it's preparing to give users
the chance to experience 3G action both ways -- on GSM and CDMA.
Previously iPhone subscribers had to choose which team they were playing for --
CDMA or GSM.
Verizon iPhone 4 handsets come
with a dual-mode chip, but don't contain the requisite antenna to
experience some GSM love. But according
to TechCrunch, sources close to Apple have confirmed that the
iPhone 5 -- rumored to launch in September alongside
iOS 5 -- will be a true "world phone", capable of
experiencing both the pleasures of GSM and CDMA.
The new phone will also reportedly eliminate the Intel Corp. (INTC) GSM modem, opting to go
exclusively with dual-mode Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM) chips.
Amid its dual-mode love-fest Apple is reportedly suffering from flash shrinkage
-- but that's a good thing. Reuters says that
Apple plans to launch a new iPhone 4 with 8 GB of flash. The lower amount
of NAND storage will allow Apple to offer the phone at a cheaper price,
targeting emerging markets -- in other words, this may be the long rumored
The new model is reportedly being manufactured by a South Korean company. Samsung Electronics
Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) would seem a likely suspect as its already a parts
supplier for Apple, but given the pair's rocky legal status , that's somewhat hard to imagine.
Reuters threw in its own two-cents about the iPhone 5, claiming
that its sources indicated a launch near the end of September. They say
that the phone will feature an improved antenna (but no word on dual-mode), an
8-megapixel camera, and a larger LCD screen.
The site says that its sources indicate that the iPhone 5/iPhone 4S will be
manufactured jointly by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co
Ltd. (TPE:2317) (known for its Chinese laborer
suicides ) and lesser known Taiwanese firm Pegatron