Low-Cost iPhone Could be Powered by Snapdragon CPU

The existence of a low-cost iPhone has seemingly been confirmed with the device apparently sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Analysts from investment firm Detwiler Fenton have been carrying out checks with suppliers and subsequently found that Apple is working on a new product for the low end of the market that utilizes a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Detwiler Fenton said in a note to clients that if the product is a low-cost version of the iPhone, utilizing a Qualcomm processor could decrease costs and keep profit margins at an adequate level.

An integrated chip for a low-cost iPhone could result in $15 per unit being paid to Qualcomm, the investment group added. The chip maker already receives substantial income through the majority of Android and Windows Phone models utilizing said processor.

Apple, which was lately overthrown as the world's most valuable company, has stressed that a cheap iPhone will never come to fruition. However, amid former CEO John Sculley stressing that the firm should target developing markets, such a product may generate upwards of $6.5 billion in revenue.

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  • tipoo
    They have the A5, A5X, A6, A6X to choose from. Why would they go with something else other than their own designs? They could shrink down one of their old ones and use that.
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  • tipoo
    They have the A5, A5X, A6, A6X to choose from. Why would they go with something else other than their own designs? They could shrink down one of their old ones and use that.
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  • ericburnby
    Terrible runor. Apple could just switch their A5 processor to a newer process and make it even cheaper than they do now. And its 100% compatible with iOS already. A Snapdragon CPU would require Apple to make changes to their SDK to support it. I just don't see it happening considering Apple's expertise in chip design. They don't need anyone else's processor.
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  • tipoo
    The A5 is already frequently used in their lower cost products like the iPad Mini.
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