Apple mulling using Intel’s LTE modem for the iPhone in 2017

A claimed logic board that recently leaked strongly indicated that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphone upgrades will use an improved Qualcomm modem chip, part of its ‘Gobi’ modem platform, with 2x faster LTE download speeds at 300Mbps.

Intel has been making modem for smartphones since quite sometime, but they have not been as advanced as competing products from Qualcomm. Nonetheless, the chip giant has made some huge progress recently in improving the performance and power efficiency of its modems. Whether they are as good as Qualcomm’s LTE modem, however, still remains to be seen.
The sources believe that Intel is unlikely to obtain modem chip orders for the upcoming iPhones. However, Intel could win orders for the 2017 iPhone models as Apple is searching for additional modem chip suppliers apart from Qualcomm, the sources noted.
The source adds that Qualcomm is working with TSMC to supply Apple 100 percent of the modems it will be requiring for the new iPhones this year. The new modem will be based on the 20nm fabrication process that will make them more power efficient. A previous leak also indicates that the new iPhones will feature faster LTE connectivity.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus should hit stores and carriers in the first wave of countries on Friday, September 18, or at least that’s what top German wireless carriers appear to be prepping for.

Source: DigiTimes


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