Next iPhone May Not Have Gigabit Speed

Next iPhone May Not Have Gigabit Speed

Next iPhone May Not Have Gigabit Speed

Bloomberg just reported that, as was the case for the iPhone 7, some of this year's iPhones will use Qualcomm 3G/4G modems, while others will use Intel modems. By contrast, the Snapdragon X16 and XMM 7480 modems likely to be used by the iPhone 8 and 7S respectively have max download speeds of 1Gbps and 600Mbps.

Apple sources its modems from two different suppliers, Qualcomm and Intel, and while Qualcomm's latest modems can take advantage of gigabit-per-second download speeds that some mobile carriers are now offering, Intel's gigabit modem isn't quite ready yet. The reason as to why this could happen is due to Apple's heated legal dispute with Qualcomm. "That's why Apple will stick with Qualcomm modems for some of its new iPhones while relying on Intel for others".

Apple's LTE modem suppliers are going to be Intel and Qualcomm once more in order to get a better asking price of the components that are going to be found inside the three iPhones.

Intel is still developing its own modem that can be capable of 1 gigabit speeds.

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All four major U.S. carriers are working toward offering gigabit LTE speeds, with some claiming that we could see this service launch in 2017. It wasn't until 2012 that the iPhone supported LTE technology that's the basis of 4G networks - a year after Samsung Electronics Co. added that capability to its smartphones.

Most major USA carriers plan on launching the new gigabit speeds later this year, and Samsung's Galaxy S8 is already equipped with the Qualcomm chip capable of utilizing the new network speeds, according to Bloomberg.

As Bloomberg points out, the original iPhone launched in 2007 without support for 3G networks and went on to be a revolutionary piece of technology that changed the industry.

Whether Apple's decision will overshadow the company's slick new design and features in the phone coming later this year, as well as its customer loyalty, remains to be seen. As the pool of new customers has declined, most of the user gains are coming at the expense of rivals.

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