Here’s How Apple is Innovating the Next-Gen iPhone

New chips from smartphone combination chip maker Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) will be able to power a bigger screen and LTE radios in Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone. According to a report, the Broadcom BCM4334, if used in the new phone, would also let Apple make a thinner phone with a thinner battery. The new chip is even a step up from the one used in the new iPad and the iPhone 4S.

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Apple blog 9TO5Mac found evidence of the company possibly using the new chip through code dumps and estimated that the device would consume only half the power required for Wi-Fi. According to maker Broadcom, the chip offers a “complete wireless connectivity system with ultra-low power consumption for mass market smartphone devices.”

The chip also has advanced switching techniques that let concurrent dual-band operation, that is, supporting network connectivity at the same time as content is streamed through something like Wi-Fi Display or Wi-Fi Direct. The blog contends that this would enable wireless file-sharing extremely easy, “just as Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) does in its Galaxy Nexus devices.” That would not only make sharing between Macs and iOS devices uncomplicated, but even potentially simplify connecting iOS and Android devices.

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