Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

KGI: Intel could be the exclusive LTE modem supplier for 2018 iPhones

KGI: Intel could be the exclusive LTE modem supplier for 2018 iPhones

Another concern Apple might have with Intel is that the latter's chips might not be 5G compatible as early as Qualcomm is expected to be, 9to5mac reported. The Intel XMM 7560 modem includes support for GSM and CDMA, which allows the same modem chip to be used for iPhones on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It may force Apple to go back to Qualcomm.

Between 2011 and 2016, in fact, Qualcomm was the exclusive modem provider for the iPhone. Intel shares were down 3.53 percent; Apple shares were down 2.5 percent; and Qualcomm shares fell by 6.57 percent. Although demand for the new higher priced iPhone X may not have been as strong as many expected, the overall iPhone lineup appealed to a wider range of consumers in both emerging and developed markets.

It comes down to Intel finally catching up on the CDMA side. Apple is known to not rely on a specific partner as well so if anyone is thinking that Intel will be on board exclusively for a long time, you might be wrong. Of late it is also trying to make different components in-house and has started manufacturing its own GPU.

Looking back, it appears Apple may have miscalculated on several aspects as it rolled out the X model late past year. For users, it would mean greater flexibility in moving between networks: now there's no guarantee that the iPhone you buy from one carrier will necessarily have the band support for a different one. Apple also now faces competition from Samsung and its upcoming phone, the Galaxy S9.

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The new features of iPhone X, such as Face ID and full screen without Home button, failed to convince users for the upgrade.

Just for a quick flashback, Apple has been surfacing in rumors to be launching a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, next-generation iPhone X with 5.8-inch OLED and proposed iPhone X Plus with 6.5-inch OLED this year.

That's a big upheaval for Qualcomm to miss out on, though Kuo does point out that any decision for 2018's range isn't necessarily going to be lasting. Kuo is also predicting the new Intel chips will support dual SIM slots, though whether Apple will launch an iPhone with dual-SIM slots is not clearly stated in the report.

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