Report: iPhone 7 LTE Chips Will Be Made By Intel And Qualcomm

It looks like Intel will supply some of the modern LTE and WiFi hardware for some iPhone 7 models sold overseas and of course Intel had a stranglehold over processors for consumer electronic since the first iPhone was launched. Until now, Qualcomm has been the lead supplier for modems in this area, having to settle for a portion of the iPhone market rather than making every modem that goes into every iPhone at it does now. Rumors already suggests that Intel is set to supply iPhone 7 LTE chips, and with today report now claiming to have some additional information on just how things are going to shake down, and it definitely makes for an interesting reading indeed.

Last year one of such news and reports circulated around the web that more than 1000 engineers working on the Intel 7360 LTE modem chips for the Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7. Intel will provide modems for the AT&T iPhone 7 in the U.S. as well as most international models sold outside the States. Qualcomm, on the other hand, will simply make hardware that will find its way into Verizon iPhone models in the United States, as well as those models that are specifically sold in China, amongst other Asian countries.


From what the report has managed to piece together is that, Apple will now use Qualcomm modem only for GSM models of iPhone 7, compatible with T-Mobile in the U.S. as well as most carriers worldwide. With that said, Apple will continue to make its own custom chipsets for its iPad models, including the Apple Watch as well. Remind you that Apple A9 chips were used in iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, manufactured by TSMC and Samsung.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf had already attempted to claim the waters, said that this company was about to lose a considerable number of modem orders to one of its largest competitors, of which Intel is obviously the one.

Choosing Intel’s part for an important role in the product that generates about two-thirds of Apple’s annual revenue may represent a calculated gamble by the company. Bringing in second-source suppliers is a long-established practice by device makers looking to make sure they’re in a better position to negotiate on price. However, analysts such as Stacy Rasgon at Sanford C. Bernstein have said that Qualcomm’s modems remain ahead of Intel’s offerings in performance when measured by how much data they can get from the network into the phone.

The aforementioned was all about iPhone 7 LTE chips, Intel and Qualcomm suplly chain, and another report claims Apple is aiming at to create a futuristic system-on-chip that includes both the iPhone ‘A series’ processors and the LTE modem chip for improved speed and power management. It’s nothing new for smartphones to contain hardware made by different manufacturers, with Samsung, in particular, found of selling devices with different CPUs, depending on which continent they are being sold in. Some devices from Samsung even faeture different amounts of RAM and storage dependent on location, so we should probably just be pleased that all iPhone 7 handsets will essentially be the same, no matter where their modems come from.

It was also said that the Apple’s iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will have a larger dual-lens camera and ditch Antenna lines, and which also expected to call it the iPhone Pro, to come in ‘Deep Blue’ iPhone instead of the usual and popular Space Gray color.


(Source: Bloomberg)

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