2017 Apple iPhone units might lag compared to rival handsets

2017 Apple iPhone units might lag compared to rival handsets
It would appear as though Apple's 2017 iPhones are going to have connectivity speeds lagging behind competing handsets. While iPhone rivals will be able to run at a download speed of as much as one gigabit per second, an issue that Apple is having now with its modem suppliers could very well have a negative impact on the iPhone later this year. Qualcomm can sell to Apple right now a modem that will support 1 Gb/sec data speeds. While Intel is working on a modem with similar capabilities, it won't be ready for the next iPhone models, which are expected to be unveiled in September.

There are a couple of reasons why Apple doesn't want to use Qualcomm only to provide this chip. One, Apple has always sourced components from two or more suppliers to keep the flow of  parts coming in case one source cannot deliver for any reason. Relying on a single source could result in the hold up of iPhone production which is why Apple traditionally eschews a single source arrangement for its products. In addition, it allows Apple to play one supplier against the other when it comes to pricing.

Apple used a second modem supplier for the 2016 iPhone models as it included the Intel chip with certain versions of the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Because the Qualcomm modem runs faster than the one from Intel, Apple had to throttle the speed on the former in order to align it with the latter chip. We could see something like that happen again with the new models until Intel releases a zipper version of its 4G LTE modem. The bad news for Apple is that its 2017 smartphones might not be able to keep up with the network updates being planned by U.S. carriers.

source: Bloomberg

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83 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

As if anyone cares about that much speeds. Speed, camera quality and screen resolution have all reached a point of diminishing returns.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's the same old thing. You will only miss what you know about. In this case Apple's users won't miss what they don't know about or have ever tried.

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Just like many Android users will miss Nougat, O, and monthly security updates. #Owned

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The site is still allowing children to open profiles I see...

41. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

#Owned ;)

84. strikerchooooo unregistered

Scotty, go back to bed, young man!:)

85. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Responding to my post 24 hours after I made it telling me to go to bed? lol, ok. I'm dead tired now, the wife is making me sit through an Orange is the new Black marathon.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@Mxy/batmite/flash post 6. Many iOS users will miss iOS 11 too.

24. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Actually many, many more iPhone users will enjoy iOS 11, than android users will enjoy Android O. Let's take a look at iOS 10 adoption versus Nougat;https://1reddrop.com/2017/04/08/ios-10-adoption-rates-much-higher-android-7-0-nougat-why/ Then again, you know all that, but you're just trying to curry favor with the Samsung clique.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@apple-rulz post 24. I'm team tech dumb ass, no Apple or Samsung clique for me. I buy and use what I want. He said many, and I said many. There's no exact number, but users of both platforms will miss out. Talk tech, or STFU!

37. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Don't be a salty crybaby because I called you out on your response, you know full well you're not "team tech", you're "team craving attention".

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@apple-rulz post 37. Do you honestly... let me rephrase that. Are you that much of an idiot dumb ass, to think I give a damn about you calling me out? You're less than nothing to me...remember that.

45. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I'm obviously something to you, since you feel compelled to respond. You have to earn my respect son, and so far you're not doing a very good job. It's best you back off now.

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@appke-rulz post 45. I'll gladly stop responding. I promise, this'll be my last response. Backing off now lol.

72. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You must be very lonely in that basement of yours if you feel that you're special to someone here. Not that I expect much from a blind fanboy though.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@NoToFanboys post 72. My thoughts exactly lol. He wants me to back off now, no problem lol. Non at all.

74. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He didn't care when his parents told him that, so it's not going to bother him now.

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@tedkord post 74. True words.

78. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

#42 Be careful Darkk, he will try and hit you through his track phone.

80. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post 78. Lol true

61. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

So much roid rage from you lately. Can't you be a part of team tech without blowing a vein in your forehead? :( peace over hate

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet even with iOS 10, an iPhone will do less than a Android wirh Lollipop. I dont care what rhe version number. I are what it does and what benefits i get. I gat far more benefits thwn you do.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

How do you guys know he is Mxy?

29. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

He unregistered (deactivated) his Mxyzptlk account to create the new Flash username which he's currently posting with. Sounds like you missed the couple of past BlackBerry articles, it features the exact same Mxy rant in the comment section.

46. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

@Trojan_Horse, WHAT, are you serious?!? LOL, and by chance, I happened to trash talk the guy? That's funny. Though admittedly I actually saw eye to eye with him on various topics, I just hope his new identity doesn't go poking Meanest, cause that crap got old real fast.... Also, what's up with the comments section being in utter disarray? How long has it been messed up for?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@AmashAziz post 25. Because no matter what account he uses, he attacks the same people, especially MG, the same articles (blackberry and Samsung), and posts the exact same way.

40. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly, darkk. But he really thinks that he's still fooling people.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

MG, He's fooling no one bro.

57. meanestgenius

Posts: 21611; Member since: May 28, 2014

For real, Darkk post #43. But let him tell it, everyone is obsessed with mxyzptlk becaue they keep calling him that, even though he actually is mxyzptlk.

58. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@MG post 57. Why do they do that though? It's not that serious.

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