Apple's iPhone 6 Plus includes chips from Qualcomm, Skyworks: iFixit

Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:50pm EDT
 
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By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote) iPhone 6 Plus uses chips from Qualcomm (QCOM.O: Quote), Skyworks Solutions (SWKS.O: Quote), Avago Technologies (AVGO.O: Quote) and other companies, according to gadget repair firm iFixit, which pried one of the devices open in Melbourne early on Friday.

Apple said it received a record 4 million first-day pre-orders for the new phones, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago, underscoring investors' expectations the new handset will maintain the Silicon Valley company's stellar growth.

The company is releasing a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. They will support more than 200 telecoms carriers worldwide, with sales launching in Australia on Friday morning and then in the United States and other countries.

Like previous iPhones, the iPhone 6 Plus uses a Qualcomm (QCOM.O: Quote) 4G LTE modem, according to iFixit.

Dissembling the device in a Mac repair shop after lining up overnight to buy a phone, iFixit technicians also discovered a Murata 6981.T wifi module, a Broadcom BRCM.O touchscreen controller, and chips from Skyworks, Avago and TriQuint TQNT.O.

News that a supplier has been chosen - or rejected - for one of Apple's products can sometimes cause drastic swings in stock prices. Apple doesn't disclose which companies make the components that go into its smartphones. It also imposes strict rules forbidding its suppliers from discussing Apple-related business with investors and the media.

Shares of GT Advanced Technologies Inc GTAT.O, a mineral crystal specialist, slumped 13 percent on Sept 9 after some investors were surprised the US company's scratch-resistent sapphire glass was not being used on the new iPhones.

The phones launched on Friday are Apple's first to include NFC radio chips used for the new Apple Pay mobile payment platform. The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 Plus comes from NXP Semiconductors (NXPI.O: Quote), according to iFixit, in line with most investors' expectations.   Continued...

 
The A8 processor of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is shown during a product teardown by iFixit in Melbourne, Australia September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/iFixit