Intel has unveiled a new Long-Term Evolution – LTE modem that some thought could arrive on the market this fall in 2017. However, the interesting thing for iPhone 8 fans is that new Intel LTE modem could find its way into iPhone 8.
New Intel LTE Modem Could Find Its Way Into iPhone 8
Apple is currently locked in a legal dispute with Qualcomm. The Cupertino-based tech giant has sued Qualcomm company for $1 billion over patent royalties. Now Intel may end up providing baseband processor modem for the upcoming iPhone 8 models.
A couple of days back on Tuesday, Intel revealed its XMM 7560 baseband processor modem to take on Snapdragon X16 modem of Qualcomm. Apple is using Intel modems currently in latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus which sold on T-Mobile and AT&T. However, Intel did not offer support for CDMA networks. So, Apple had to stick with Qualcomm for using with carriers like Verizon and Sprint. Now, the Intel’s new modem XMM 7560 supports both LTE and CDMA.
PCMag’s Sascha Segan has said that the latest modem of Intel is the ‘frontrunner’ for the forthcoming iPhone 8 models. The XMM 7560 modem is LTE category 16/13 that means Intel 7560 offers upload speed of 225 Mbps and downloading speed of up to 1 Gbps. It supports 35 LTE bands and all the latest standards of GSM, CDMA, and LTE said Segan.
Why Apple May Switch Entirely To Intel
Apple may switch entirely to Intel because XMM 7560 could give Apple a solid reason to switch to Intel ultimately, by keeping in mind that Apple bitter feud with Qualcomm.
Qualcomm still hopes that the current dispute would not affect the relationship with Apple. The iPhone 8 is speculated to cost around $1000 due to its exciting features, specs and a radical new design.