iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Use Intel’s LTE Modem

The Intel XMM 8100 5G modem

It looks like despite reaching a settlement with Qualcomm, Apple has continued to use Intel modem inside the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro this year. That’s surprising since the iPhone 11 features a faster Gigabit LTE modem than last year’s iPhone XS and many expected it was supplied by Qualcomm.

However, as per PCMag, Apple is likely using Intel’s XM 7660 modem — the company’s final 4G modem before it shut down and sold its modem business to Apple for $1 billion.

Based on the spec sheet of the modem, the iPhone 11 Pro should offer around 20% faster LTE speeds than the iPhone XS from last year. The iPhone 11 also comes with the same modem but its performance and network reception won’t be as good because it has 2×2 MIMO antennas and not 4×4 MIMO like the iPhone 11 Pro.

Data collected by SpeedSmart signals a 13% improvement in LTE speeds on the iPhone 11 Pro in the United States across all major carriers.

It is unclear if Apple is using Intel’s modem in all the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro variants or if it is limited to the U.S. variant tested by PCMag.

Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement in April this year. By the time these two companies settled their matter, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro components were probably already finalized and it was not possible for Apple to make a major modem swap at the last minute.

Apple will use Qualcomm’s modem for its 2020 iPhones which are expected to feature 5G connectivity. The companies have signed a six-year license agreement and a two-year chipset supply agreement.

[Via PCMag]