PC Mag – After weeks of rumors about what’s going to be in Apple’s new iPhone, we’re suddenly awash in speculation about what’s getting left out of the next-gen smartphone.
The latest bit of news concerns noise-suppression tech from Audience, which has supplied a voice quality chip in previous editions of the iPhone. But the company warned investors on Thursday that it’s “unlikely” to have its chips in the iPhone 5, which Apple is believed to be unveiling next week.
The tip from Apple Insider came at around the same time that news was cropping up that Samsung’s memory chips will be similarly MIA from the iPhone 5.
Apple and Samsung, currently engaged in a bitter, drawn-out patent fight, are reportedly at odds over the price of Samsung’s memory modules, according to a Bloomberg report citing an unnamed source.
The report did not specify how far apart Samsung and Cupertino were on price. Samsung will apparently still provide the main processors for the iPhone 5.
The Audience rumor has a little more heft to it, considering it came straight from the erstwhile Apple supplier itself.
The company’s note to investors was quoted by Apple Insider as saying:
“Audience now believes that it is unlikely that the OEM will enable Audience’s processor IP in its next generation mobile phone. Audience is not aware of any intended changes by this OEM to its use of Audience’s processors or processor IP in prior generations of the OEM’s mobile phones.”
Apple integrated Audience earSmart voice and audio circuitry in the A5 chip that powers the iPhone 4S and used stand-alone Audience chips in previous versions of the smartphone, including the iPhone 4, according to the tech blog. It appears that Apple may be rolling out its own in-house voice quality tech in the iPhone 5, Apple Insider speculated.
Meanwhile, analysts who spoke to Bloomberg speculated that the patent fight between Apple and Samsung on the mobile side has sullied their relationship when it comes to components. Still, it appears that the companies need each other. Samsung is such a powerhouse that Apple would find it difficult to locate a supplier with as many resources as the Korean manufacturer. Apple, meanwhile, is one of Samsung’s largest customers, making up about 9 percent of its revenue, Bloomberg said.
Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone at a Sept. 12 event in San Francisco and release it in the U.S. and a few other countries by Sept. 21. The device is rumored to include a larger, 4-inch screen, a smaller dock connector, and 4G LTE connectivity, among other things.