In 2016, Apple could be making a pretty big change to the wireless modem chip inside the iPhone, if a new report pans out.
According to a report published on March 11 by VentureBeat and citing a pair of sources “familiar with the companies’ plans,” some of Apple’s iPhones produced in 2016 (presumably the iPhone 7) will be using Intel’s LTE chip, rather than a chip from Qualcomm. The report states that the Intel chip in question will be the 7360 LTE modem, which features up to 450Mbps downlink and offers support for up to 29 LTE bands.
Intel has already confirmed that the new chip will begin shipping out to manufacturers in the second half of 2015, so the timing could line up. Moreover, VentureBeat says that Apple engineers have been traveling routinely to Munich, Germany, to collaborate with Intel on the chips in question.
“Intel has been gunning hard during the past year for a place in the iPhone and now appears to have succeeded, at least partly. The 7360 chip will ship inside a special version of the iPhone that will be marketed to emerging markets in Asia and Latin America, the sources said.“
The report suggests that only some iPhones could be equipped with these new Intel chips, most of which will reportedly be aimed for emerging markets, analyst Ben Bajarin believes that if Apple is going to make this change, it’s going to be across the board, and that Apple won’t have variants with Intel and Qualcomm chips inside:
@modestproposal1 no. If they did switch it would be universal. Unless there was IP issues they couldn’t get around.
— Ben Bajarin (@BenBajarin) March 11, 2015
What do you think of this potential decision from Apple?