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Does Apple buy GPS chips from Broadcom?

febrero 12, 2020

A GPS in the second generation iPhone? The hypothesis, which runs all over the web, would seem to be finding new confirmations, at least according to GigaOM. The influential and (usually) informed site dedicated to technology cites in support of his thesis some reliable sources that indicate an incontrovertible element: a contract signed with Broadcom for the purchase of chips for satellite positioning.

Broadcom is already a longtime partner of Apple; having secured the supply of GPS chips for a customer like Apple would be for a time a novelty and an important achievement that would fruit the purchase of Global Locate, a specialized company incorporated in the summer of last year.

Difficult to rate the consistency of the indiscretion, but the impression that Apple is, if nothing else, moving some pawn in the GPS sector comes from multiple references in firmware 2.0. The most obvious was the discovery of geotagging services, or a system for marking with the location where an image is located. This service, normally based on GPS systems and cannot be exploited, used the rudimentary and imprecise service that makes use of the triangulation of cell phone towers.

Another element that helps to imply that Apple is seriously thinking of a GPS for iPhone the funding received from iFund, the investment fund intended to support companies that create software for iPhone, of Pelago. The Seattle-based company develops a location based social networking service called Whrrl which makes sense only if the device in question is equipped with a satellite position detection system.

But if Apple's serious intentions in the GPS sector are a concrete fact, it remains to be seen if they will materialize already in the upcoming version of the iPhone or if, perhaps, Apple is not willing to entrust the GPS functions to an external accessory relying on third parties set off. The purchase of chips mentioned by GigaOM, if verified, would suggest that Apple will do everything at home, but even here it is said that we cannot think of an additional accessory based, in fact, on a Broadcom chip.

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