With Apple’s iWatch rumored to connect to any iDevice wirelessly it of course needs to support some form of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Features such as BT 4.0 or Wi-Fi find housing in modern Broadcom chips such as the BCM4334. As these chips shed pounds and diameters, suddenly it makes sense to find one in Apple’s iWatch when it launches in the future.
During the summer of last year Broadcom introduced a new chip called the BCM4334. This is the successor of the BCM4330, which was found in the third generation iPad and iPhone 4S. Unlike its predecessor this 4334 supports a feature called Wi-Fi direct, gaining the possibility to wirelessly connect two devices together to share files or even play games ad-hoc. It was also produced in a 40nm process to reduce weight and energy usage.
As these chips continue to reduce weight and gain features it makes sense to speculate that we’ll see at least some form of a mobile communicator in the Apple iWatch. By including a BCM4330 for example iWatch would instantly gain GPS functionality, Wi-Fi, 4G and Wi-Fi Direct as described above. Also take into account that this future chip is probably smaller and perhaps won’t require some of the features. Apple could request a tailor made chip with just the features they need to support the iWatch many diverse features.
Apple could even choose to make the iWatch a standalone device capable of making calls and sending messages on its own. More likely however Broadcom internals are used to connect to external devices and access Internet hotspots to gain access to events, photos and other content from the cloud.
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