Bloomberg: AT&T version of the Apple iPhone 7 to include Intel silicon

Bloomberg: AT&T version of the Apple iPhone 7 to include Intel silicon
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Intel will join Qualcomm as an LTE chip supplier for the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 series. Rumors dating all the way back to last summer claimed that Apple is going to use Intel's LTE modems in some versions of its upcoming smartphones, but this new report provides more specific information.

Allegedly, Intel will make the LTE chips for the AT&T version of the Apple iPhone 7 as well as for most of the international versions of the handset. Qualcomm, which is the sole LTE chip supplier for the iPhone 6s, will provide the LTE modem for the Verizon version as well as for the Chinese versions of the iPhone 7.

Although bringing in Intel as a second LTE chip provider will place Apple in a favorable position at the negotiations table with both Qualcomm and Intel, the iPhone maker will need to put in extra work to make sure that there aren't any notable performance or power consumption differences between the two chips. According to industry analysts quoted in the new Bloomberg report, Intel's LTE chips are currently lagging behind Qualcomm's modems when it comes to raw performance.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf stated that his company will lose some of its LTE modem orders to another firm. Although Mollenkopf did not specify which client is turning over orders, chances are that he was talking about Apple.

What do you guys think? Will tests highlight a notable difference LTE performance between the Intel and Qualcomm versions of the Apple iPhone 7?

source: Bloomberg

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16 Comments

1. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

if Apple uses Intel modems is basically cuz they get a similar performance as Qualcomm's

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Could be a business choice too Less money to Qualcomm means Qualcomm has less money for R&D Or Apple are trying to get Intel to fab their SoCs

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's all business seeking greater leverage against all their suppliers. They are the most profitable corporation in recent history for two reasons: idiots and cutthroat business practices.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

PA you should've been more specific in your article titles, I was about to fret till I've read the whole thing that they will just use Intel's LTE modem (and not the whole SoC)

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

clickbait.. as always

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

it was pretty obvious to me, I don't expect Apple to use a whole different SoC just for a carrier.

3. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Title is a click bait, smh.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And you clicked the bait.....just to post that. Smh.

15. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

it was pretty obvious to me, I don't expect Apple to use a whole different SoC just for a carrier. Not to mention that would be so stupid

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Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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7. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I don't imagine there will be a noticeable difference. I think this is a long-term business strategy to get one of the two companies to allow Apple to integrate the modem into the SoC. I'm betting Intel would be eager to allow it if this first run significantly impacts their mobile bottom line in a positive way.

9. hakbd

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Apple

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

13. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

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