Report: Apple iPhone 7 to use zippy Intel modem to deliver Cat. 10 LTE speeds

Report: Apple iPhone 7 to use zippy Intel modem to deliver Cat. 10 LTE speeds
A new report suggests that Intel will produce 30% to 40% of the LTE modems for the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The report, penned by CLSA analyst Srini Pajjuri, claims that Apple is "considering" the use of Intel's XMM 7360 LTE modem for the next iteration of its smartphone. The chip delivers LTE data speeds as fast at Cat 10. That means that the phone could support speeds as fast as 450Mbps on the downlink, and 100Mbps on the uplink.

Currently, Apple employs the Qualcomm MDM9635 LTE modem on the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus. That chip provides speeds as fast as 300Mbps down, and 50Mbps up. Obviously, such a move is going to have a negative impact on Qualcomm's revenue, and boost Intel's prospects. And there is more. The report says that Apple is thinking about moving its Ax SoC manufacturing to Intel, and taking it away from current producers Samsung and TSMC. The latest rumors have 100% of A10 chipset production coming from TSMC.

The analyst says that his knowledge of this move by Apple comes from "Asian supply chain checks," and that Apple will "share shift back" to Qualcomm in 2017 for the Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus. We should point out that we passed along a similar rumor last year that said Intel would be producing 50% of the LTE modems for the iPhone 6s, On the other hand, last October we told you about a similar report about Apple using the Intel XMM 7360 for the iPhone 7. If you subscribe to the theory that where there is smoke there is fire, we could see Intel inside the iPhone 7 later this year.
source: NDTV via BGR

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1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yay. Still can't get more than 12meg to my home, can't wait to be able to load Facebook status updates faster on the phone with this... :D

3. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


26. MSi_GS70 unregistered

they are pathetic .. cat10 and yet we not even using cat 4 properly..

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

There's no commercial infrastructure available to consumers that support these theoretical modem speeds that companies like Qualcomm keep pushing out for marketing purposes. You're gonna get Cat. 1 speeds in most residential areas in the US if you're lucky lol.

4. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That was my thought the potential doesn't equal reality

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its not speed only but much better power efficiency as well.

7. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Yeah, that's true. Faster WiFi modems are useful though.

25. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

It's not really an improvement on the WiFi portion of the modem, most modern smartphones already include 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac WiFi Direct 2.4ghz and 5ghz which already had these potential speeds, I say potential because reality is never as forgiving as the "perfect conditions" specified in these tests I've never really seen them reach full potential you can always expect less.

27. MSi_GS70 unregistered

man u not getting it .. cat speeds are NOT for WiFi use .. it is just for LTE mobile internet network .. for WiFi u have ac. And we not even using cat 4 properly not the mention useless cat10 ..

28. tyrionTheWise unregistered

I know that.

8. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Shhh don't tell the sheep this. They justify their love and spending on crap like this.

16. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

how is that really any different than android people? they are always going on about processors and ram and whatnot even though even today most apps come out on iOS first and work as well, if not better than on android phones. so what is the point boasting about having massive processors and tons of ram if things are still basically limited by what people are programing for apple?

29. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

shhhh no tears, only dreams.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

That's exactly what I was thinking. The only reason is future proofing, but how long till its used to its full potential?

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

By the time these speeds are realized, these modems will hardly see any commercial use and will be obsolete anyway. Future proofing for the sake of future proofing really is a null concept. I'd rather they work on frequency transmission and detection efficiency for better battery life than some pipedream peak speeds we won't see for many years

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Well some people are talking about power efficiency using these... So there's a benefit worthy of effort. But yes, people will throw these devices away by the time we see cat10 speeds.

5. Unordinary unregistered

blablabla give us some real news

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It's a slow and mediocre news day today, isn't that right PA?

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

You mean Saturday? The day that is ALWAYS a slow news day? The day that we're lucky to ever even get more than three news articles on? THAT day?

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sadly I don't really pay attention to which days have a lot of news and which days don't. I am sorry for not taking time out of each day to count the number of news articles for said day, please forgive me. Just in case you're wondering, at the time of this post, Saturday, March 5, 2016, 4:49pm est, PA has written 5 news articles.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least Alan F. still here for us.. 9 out of 10 last article is from him, lol

11. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

So how does 450Mbps download speed improve your user experience over say a "slow" 20Mbps connection? If streaming 1080p video is already plenty smooth with 20, how is 450 any better? We have no dire need to stream 2160p video to view on a 5.5" screen right now do we? Wouldn't that eat up your limited 2GB of cellular data real quick in like 40 mins? That's only half a movie.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

More than the speed boosts, the XMM 7360 and 7480 support up to 29 LTE bands, basically cutting down on necessary handset SKUs, they are designed to be more powerful while still being efficient, and they are built on a 10nm process, which will generate less heat and draw less power.

13. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

So the speed boost has no benefits then? That's what I thought.

14. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

The LTE radios of today draw a lot of power, so this would be a great benefit. Or if you like in South Korea and have access to blazing network speeds.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So what are the other 60-70% going to be utilizing? Are they all going to be the 7360 modems but Intel is only going to produce 30-40%, or are 30-40% going to be using the 7360 and the rest will be using some other modem?

22. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Making advancements in technology even if only for the sake of advancement itself is still the right path. Kudos to both Apple and Intel.

24. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

No one mentioning the new Snapdragon 820 already is coming with Cat 12 600mbps down and 13 150mbps up LTE... COME ON APPLE YOUR FALLING BEHIND. For people who do not understand this, this has nothing to do with WiFi speeds most current smartphones already have both 2.4ghz and 5ghz wireless-N and WiFi direct. Saw one European ignorantly say "As a European, Americans can't speak for all of us I already have access to those speeds" are you an ignoramus? Where do you live on Mars with highly advanced alien technology or are you currently speaking to us from the future if not your actually just an ignorant deluded fool. You seriously believe you have access to those speeds from satellite I'm worried about the European board of education and most Europeans call us Americans stupid... just wow.

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