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iTunes decompile shows pre-existing Qualcomm chipset support

updated 10:05 pm EST, Fri January 21, 2011

iTunes already has Qualcomm mentions

A teardown of iTunes' code has given strong hints that Apple already has support for Qualcomm cellular chipsets in its software. AMSS.mbn and partition.mbn files found in the decompile are both unique to Qualcomm's baseband hardware and reportedly a telltale sign that they're being used. The Zibri look doesn't have definitive evidence attaching it to any one device.

Despite speculation that it may be attached to the next iPad and iPhone, the references more likely refer to the Verizon iPhone launching soon than any future model. Qualcomm is the single largest supplier of CDMA chipsets and would be virtually necessary for a Verizon iPhone, since Apple's usual choice for cellular chips, Infineon, is almost exclusive to GSM.

The existence of the code is still a sign that Apple is no longer locked to a single manufacturer for its baseband technology and, most likely, has a deal to equip at least the upcoming EVDO-equipped iPad. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Spacemoose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This will really add fuel to those rumours that the iPhone is coming to Verizon!

    Oh. Wait. I suppose this is a bit late.

  1. write_thesis

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    this is so cool, nice one for this..

  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Another word brought to you by your Department of Redundancy Department.

    What about conditions that will happen in the future? Post-existing?

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