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The iPhone 5 will feature Broadcom's BCM4334 dual-band Wi-Fi chips, which is a follow-up component to the BCM4330 chips that are featured in other Apple devices -- iPad and iPhone 4S. Broadcom claims to have redefined the existing chip design to reduce power consumption by almost 40%-50%. The added power saving is expected to compensate for higher energy use of a larger display and use of 4G/LTE. Additionally, the energy efficient chips can help Apple make a slimmer battery, thereby supporting a thinner iPhone. The new chip supports dual-band Wi-Fi and is capable of handling Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi Direct. It also has multiple purposes as it handles other wireless technologies such as Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio, though the latter has never been actively used in previous iPhone models. Hence, the enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities in the new system-on-chip (SoC) could help bring a number of new applications to the iPhone.
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