Dual SIM iPhone model and gigabit LTE tipped for the 2018 crop

Dual SIM iPhone model and gigabit LTE tipped for the 2018 crop
Apple will be catching up to Samsung's Galaxy S or Note lines next year, it seems, if famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities is to be believed. In a memo to clients he noted that next year's iPhones will support gigabit LTE speeds, just like the Note 8 or Galaxy S8. Bazinga!

Currently, the iPhone 8 and X max out at 600Mbps, but the theoretical peak speeds are not all there is to it, as no US carrier can hit those in a consistent manner anyway. Apparently, it's the wider throughput that matters, as a recent test where the Note 8 marked twice higher download speeds than the iPhone X on T-Mobile's network showed. 

The faster antenna modules that Apple is going to implement will support 4x4 MIMO, instead of the current 2x2, just like Qualcomm's latest modems in chips like the Snapdragon 835. Theoretically, this should also improve coverage in spotty areas, but the kicker is that Apple plans to achieve the gigabit LTE and new antennae moves with Intel, instead of Qualcomm gear. It has been in a royalties dispute with the Texans for a while now, and is bent on moving away from them as chip suppliers.


That's not all there is to it, though, as next year Apple might stop being the only large phone maker that doesn't sport dual SIM phones in its lineup (perhaps as part of a move to please Chinese users with a more affordable LCD model), and could offer a model with dual LTE capabilities, jumping ahead of the dual SIM pack in one fell swoop, says the analyst:


While currently Intel holds only a single digit market share in wireless modem chips, Ming-Chi Kuo notes that next year it might supply 70% to 80% of Apple's baseband chips which would significantly raise its overall imprint. Intel is also said to work with Apple on the next-gen 5G modems, and even to produce the A-series chipsets fused together with the 5G silicon in its foundries at some point, so Apple may end up being one of its largest clients very soon.

source: KGI via MacRumors (1),(2)

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18 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Additional 300$$$ for dual sim iPhone variant!

2. S4NDY

Posts: 265; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

it looks like Kuo has taken rumors from huawei mate 10 series release

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know a few of my friends who travel a lot for work will be happy Apple finally jumps on the dual sim bandwagon.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Dual-SIM? like putting 2 different numbers in one phone? Wow, how can other manufacturer didn't think this simple stuff earlier? It will be handy since I know lot's of people carrying 2 phones all the time. This will be game changer and other manufacturers will copy it for sure. /s

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And I'm sure someone will miss that /s, like always :-/

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

LMFAO!! The iSheep will soon be here to tell us that Apple invented dual-sim and their implementation with dual LTE is superior. Well I use dual-sim phones exclusively and LTE/3G is more than enough as long as you can choose which sim slot to use for LTE. I can't see why this would be a thing.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Are you really laughing your ass off because I find it hard to believe that one would have to announce such a thing

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

No, I'm laughing my ass off at the sarcasm of post no.4 by Worldpeace.

7. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Wow, I'm literally just learning this. I just assumed that phones (especially high end) were all dual sim these days. lol

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sign me up for the 6.5.

11. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 208; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

To be effective a Dual Sim has to be Dual Active, not with one Sim in standby like it is the case today. In any case the Note 8 is available on line with 2 Sims and that is the one I am going to get.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Errrmm no actually. I've had dual active phones and the functionality wasn't really useful in everyday use.

12. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Terrible battery life incoming.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

With the unnecessary dual lte you may very well be correct.

13. martin6

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 15, 2017

I have been using dual sim phones from 2012

16. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

Why is everyone waxing lyrical about dual Sim phones? In my Country if it ain't got 2+ Sim support, u just weren't planning on selling it. The only phones I've used without a dual Sim was Nokia dumb phones and the Galaxy S2

17. Aldo2016

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

it's already possible to use two or even three numbers on any iphone using SIMORE E-Clips adapter. this 3G dual sim adapter transform any idevices into a dual sim or triple sim phone with all numbers active online at the same time for calls, data and text message. E-Clips is also a wifi router to connect up to 8 users to share internet access

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Yeah with the sims dangling outside the phone.

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