Next iPhone to have GSM and CDMA together, iPad 2 get new screen?
Engadget has a very new source regarding something that everyone wants to know, and that is Apple’s next iPhone and iPad. So let’s head straight to the main point. Source close to Apple claims that the next iPhone is already being tested by senior officers on campus only, which means the phone has passed early design stage.
The phone is a completely redesigned handset, on track for a summer launch this year. It’s currently being tested on site at Apple’s campus. The phone will have a brand new Apple A5 CPU derived from a Cortex A9-based multi-core chip. It’ll feature a Qualcomm chipset that will do three jobs, and that is CDMA/GSM/UMTS radio frequency. That means the next iPhone will have CDMA and GSM support together, eliminating the need for a separate phone. The current Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 is using a dedicated CDMA-only Qualcomm chipset. Also, notice the missing of LTE here.
The iPad will also feature the same Qualcomm chipset to offer GSM and CDMA together. The screen size will be the same 10-inch, but it’s getting a brand new display technology similar (but not the same) as the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, and will have “super high resolution”. There’s the front and back camera that we all know about, but there’s also the surprise SD slot. No USB port here though. Apple has set April as the time for the launch of iPad 2.
Besides the iPhone and iPad getting a new look, the Apple TV will also get some refresh. It’s going to get the same A5 processor that the iPhone will have, and is blazingly fast that it’s “going to crank out 1080p video like running water”. The source did not confirm the present of the new A5 chip on the iPad 2 though.