Qualcomm CEO hints at new modem for Apple iPhone 7

Qualcomm CEO hints at new modem for Apple iPhone 7
Back in October, and again last month, we passed along some speculation that Apple will be switching to an Intel modem for the Apple iPhone 7. Currently, the iPhone sports a modem made by Qualcomm. Apple was rumored to have sent a team out to Munich last year to help optimize the Intel 7360 LTE modem for use in the iPhone 7. In addition, Apple has reportedly hired wireless engineers from the team that developed the chip.

Today, the possibility of a modem switch for the iPhone 7 came into sharper focus. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf told analysts that he is assuming that a major customer plans on placing a big order with a Qualcomm rival, thus resulting in a huge loss of business for the company. While the executive did not reveal the name of the firm switching suppliers, most analysts believe that Mollenkopf was talking about Apple.

The Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus are both expected to be unveiled in September. Considering the lead time required to manufacture millions of handsets, the company has probably made the decision on which modem to use in its new phones. Apple has declined to comment on the situation.

source: Bloomberg

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