The Commercial Times reported (Google translation) earlier this week that Intel / Infineon will not provide the baseband chip for the fifth-generation iPhone.
According to the report, the 5th gen iPhone will be manufactured by the Hon Hai Group and Foxconn, and will include a Qualcomm baseband chip this time around. It’s expected to land just under a year from now. This would be a significant change if Apple moved away from the Infineon chips who have provided the baseband for the iPad 3G and every iPhone model since 2007.
Intel recently acquired Infineon for $1.4 billion, and Steve Jobs reportedly said he was “very happy” with it, which would lead you to believe that Apple would continue to use them for their future products.
However relations have been tense recently with Intel criticizing the Apple TV, and teaming up with Google to help bring Google TV to the market.
If Qualcomm were providing the baseband chip, it would also fall in line with a CDMA iPhone and a recent job posting from them calls for an “iPhone Developer” to work on the most challenging device of their lives.