We have no idea what a cheaper iPhone will look like. Let’s just go with the iPhone 4S for now.
A report from the China Times claims Apple is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip in the rumored low-cost iPhone. Keep in mind that this is a rumor of a rumored device, so don’t put too much stock in it. That said, the lower-priced iPhone has been reported on several occasions by outlets like the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s a portion of the report:
Supply Chain Industry revealed that Apple’s low-cost iPhone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon single-chip, initially only support 3G without support for 4G LTE single-chip native support for WiFi and Bluetooth wireless networking capability, so do not need to increase the wireless network mode group. Of this chip commissioned TSMC foundry to 28 nm.
While that’s entirely possible, website CultofMac points out that it seems to make more sense for Apple to use an older generation chip like the A5. Makes sense to us.