Bloomberg: AT&T version of the Apple iPhone 7 to include Intel silicon
posted by Mihai A. / Jun 11, 2016, 6:34 AM
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?
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if Apple uses Intel modems is basically cuz they get a similar performance as Qualcomm's
posted on Jun 11, 2016, 6:41 AM 0
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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
posted on Jun 11, 2016, 3:50 PM 0
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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)
posted on Jun 11, 2016, 7:01 AM 7
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Title is a click bait, smh.
posted on Jun 11, 2016, 7:38 AM 4
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And you clicked the bait.....just to post that. Smh.
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posted on Jun 11, 2016, 7:50 AM 3
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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.
posted on Jun 11, 2016, 9:20 AM 0
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