Rumor comes true: Intel's 4G LTE modem chip is inside some models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Rumor comes true: Intel's 4G LTE modem chip is inside some models of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
For the last couple of years, a certain rumor would pop up every now and then. The rumor speculated that Apple was about to employ Intel's modem chip on a certain percentage of iPhone models. And today, we can tell you that Intel's 4G LTE modem is found inside certain Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus units that work with the GSM carriers in the U.S. like T-Mobile and AT&T. The CDMA operators like Verizon and Sprint support both Intel's 4G LTE modem chip, and the one made by Qualcomm. For the last few years, Apple has relied on a Qualcomm produced modem for the iPhone.

Back in 2015, Apple reportedly sent a team of engineers to Munich, the city where Intel's 7360 4G LTE modem was created. There, the two sides worked on optimizing the chip to allow it to run on Apple's smartphones. According to the latest report, the Qualcomm modem is in use on all of the Verizon and Sprint branded iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. Meanwhile, Qualcomm and Intel split the modem chores on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units offered by T-Mobile, AT&T and most overseas carriers.

Apple usually likes to have multiple sources for major components. This way, the company can make sure they have enough parts even if one of the sources is having problems. It also allows Apple to play one source against the other when it comes to pricing. Hopefully, there isn't a major discrepancy between the performance of the two modems. Last year, some Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus owners thought that they noticed a difference in performance between the A9 chipset manufactured by Samsung, and the one made by TSMC. The chipset produced by TSMC outperformed the Samsung chipset in benchmark tests, and had longer battery life. But the brouhaha died down after Apple said that the difference in battery life was only 2% to 3%, which was within Apple's acceptable range.

Now that Intel has its foot in the door, so to speak, it hopes to get a shot at producing the Ax chipset for an upcoming iPhone model.

source: Recode

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21 Comments

1. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Some iPhone headphone jack memes i find amusing lol. If you defend the removal of the headphone jack this isn't for you. http://gizmodo.com/the-best-thing-about-the-death-of-the-headphone-jack-ar-1786438918

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Haha XD......that's priceless.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Most of those are pretty funny, and I supported the drop. I guess funny is funny regardless :P.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Memes... But it's kinda off-topic here, no?

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It's still related to this Apple article....... don't be so uptight.

14. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Meh, i'm indifferent to the headphone jack especially after owning the Moto Z Force for a month. I spend most of my music time on the ipod nano so i can use the phone for other things over a potential 15hr work day. The adapter, while another thing to pack, suffices. That said no moar courage!

17. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

That sex is really really bad.

20. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Hahaha, I don't care on the removal for the headphone jack but God that sex was bad!

21. TerrellAmerica unregistered

Thanks haha

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Intel doesn't have a very good track record for making ICs frugal enough for mobile phone use. Here's hoping they refined their architecture and they help push further improvements.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Snapdragon isn't any better.

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Snapdragon, Exynos and probably even Mediatek and Kirin are arguably better than what Intel has produced and delivered to consumers thus far. Again I'm hoping they did produce good improvements as that will further push everyone else to improve. Competition is usually good in the long run.

10. iFlasher

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

Snapdragon, Exynos and probably even Mediatek isn't any better.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

In terms of modems, Qualcomm has always been number 1 But Intel/Samsung have closed most of that gap now

15. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yesh they have back when PDAs were the thing to own way back when as they were quite efficient and kept on improving. Intel has always been working on communications modules so they are quite experienced in this field and I'd trust them to put out quality stuff. Now I will be looking forward to the benchmark comparisons especially the power consumption.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its a modem, whole different ballpark compared to SoCs Intel's made modems for Samsung Exynos devices in the past Intel/Samsung have closed most of the gap between them and Qualcomm in terms of modems

9. Unordinary unregistered

Brouhaha - you learn a new word every day. Thanks Alan

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

I thought Intel was gonna make chips for Android? Which is supposed to be better than Qualcomm?

12. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

They have been making chips for Android for ages, it didn't work out, the only major Oem that used their chips was Asus in their Zen phones. Even they have moved on to Qualcomm now.

13. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Oh weird. I thought I read something on this website about Intel getting into the cell phone chip market?! Maybe I misunderstood the article. Damn it. I thought like a giant new wave of super fast chips were coming lol :(

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No, they mostly dropped out by canceling a bunch of their Cherry Trail SKUs and the successor SoCs.

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