10 June, 2017
A new report claims owners of the iPhone 8, which is expected to have a September release date, won't be able to take advantage of faster data speeds. Needless to say, Apple wants to ensure that iPhone 8 performance remains uniform no matter what LTE modem it happens to feature. It says that Apple will therefore use a mix of modems from Qualcomm and Intel, and that the Intel ones won't support the faster speeds.
The reason? According to the source, it's the company's ongoing litigation with Qualcomm that would preventing Apple including the currently-available gigabit modem.
Apple and Qualcomm are now in the middle of a legal battle, with the former company claiming that the latter one has been abusing its position as a manufacturer of important cellphone chips to ask for unreasonable patent licensing terms.
In regards to the iPhone 8, the device will feature LTE modems from both Qualcomm and Intel.
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According to Bloomberg, Apple might be using high-speed LTE modems from Qualcomm, but it is most likely going to be throttling the speeds in order to keep data speed experiences constant between all models.
Intel is still developing its own modem that can be capable of 1 gigabit speeds.
What this means is that the iPhone 8 could be slower than the likes of Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 when it comes to raw bandwidth results and we know that you're wondering if Apple could tap Qualcomm to exclusively provide the tech giant with LTE chips. The top USA wireless carriers - Verizon AT&T, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. - have declared 2017 the year of 1 gigabit speeds. When the first iPhone launched in 2007, it didn't come with 3G network support and instead, arrive with GPRS and EDGE cellular capabilities.
We're still months away from the next iPhone which, by all accounts, will be Apple's most impressive handset yet. It wasn't until 2012 that the iPhone supported LTE technology that's the basis of 4G networks - a year after Samsung Electronics Co. added that capability to its smartphones.