Amidst reiterating that the rumored 6.1" LCD iPhone 9
will account for 50% of Apple's 2018 iPhone crop sales
, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added a few more notable details about this year's portfolio
in three memos to clients of its research shop KGI Securities.
First off, Apple is apparently done with Qualcomm for good, and all three upcoming new iPhones this year will be equipped with Intel modems. Thus, unless Qualcomm wiggles back in the supply chain due to some patent suit agreement, there won't be the differences in download speeds and signal strength
that we are witnessing now between iPhones with Intel and Qualcomm
The more important extra features that are coming to the iPhones' cellular modems this year seem to be Gigabit LTE
connectivity, and dual SIM dual standby, though whether or not Apple will implement that particular option is anyone's guess. Still, Intel's new modems will be offering it, so perhaps the more affordable iPhone 9 could sport a dual SIM version, at least in places where such models are popular, like in Asia.