Apple's iPhone 9, Xs and Xs Plus may hit gigabit LTE with MediaTek and Intel inside


Apple may be switching to MediaTek as an extra wireless modem supplier indeed, to fill the hole in its soul left by the patent battle with Qualcomm. It is already using inferior Intel modems for most of its 2018 iPhones on GSM carriers, but, unfortunately (for Apple, that is), it has to use Qualcomm on CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint in the US, and it's exactly the those licensing and royalties fees that it is trying to escape from.

That may all come to an end next year, when sources say that Intel will be supplying the vast majority of iPhone modems with its new gigabit LTE creation, but the rest have to be absorbed somehow, too, hence the MediaTek probing. Intel actually has way less market share in wireless modems, compared to MediaTek, and the Chinese chip makers are also taking a lead in gigabit LTE (Huawei's modem in the Mate 10 Pro is the first with 1.2 Gbps speeds in a retail phone), so Apple would be in good hands in its quest to ditch Qualcomm for good next year.

Apple is also rumored to be working on a pre-5G iPhone prototype, claims the same source, whatever that means, so the iPhone's weak wireless modem performance this year, when compared to the competition, may be a thing of the past with the 2018 iPhones.

source: Digitimes

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9 Comments

1. plumix

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

iPhone's weak wireless modem performance this year, when compared to the competition... Ok let's drop the "this year" As it always was having weak wireless performance.

2. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Is Mediatek from Taiwan or China?

5. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Isn't there a good chance Qualcomm will sue and potentially block future Intel devices, as there are indications Intel and Apple has been colluding and stealing IP from Qualcomm for years?

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Seems like Apple's routine the last few years, no denying that.

6. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

I've been seeing more and more of Huawei's name in the news recently. Hmm...

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Tell me which cell phone carrier has gigabit now? If so, who is willing to pay the premium to have access to 1000mb + speed. Not very many

10. TerryD

Posts: 559; Member since: May 09, 2017

huh-huh Xs

11. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Wau allready in 2018, big news!!!

14. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Apple can destroy CDMA networks by simply not releasing a CDMA iphone.

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