Apple will only use Intel modems for its 2018 iPhones: Qualcomm

first_imgMany reports have speculated in the past and Qualcomm has now confirmed it – Apple will not be using Qualcomm modems for its next generation iPhones and will instead go with Intel as its exclusive supplier. On Wednesday, the US chipmaker told CNET that it does not expect to supply modems for any upcoming iPhone. This comes just a couple of days after Ookla’s Speedtest and Qualcomm claimed based on millions of test that Android phones with Qualcomm modems have faster download speeds compared to iPhones with Intel modems.Qualcomm told CNET this week that Apple’s 2018 iPhones will not have modems from Qualcomm. “We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitor’s modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release,” George Davis, Qualcomm’s Financial Chief said during an earnings call with industry analysts. While Davis did not mention Intel explicitly, there’s really no doubt here on who the “competitor” is.This means that all three iPhones expected later this year will sport Intel modems, which may not sound too positive for consumers especially after hearing about the recent Speedtest results. However, Qualcomm’s president Cristiano Amon believes that this does not suggest the company has lost business with Apple forever. He is optimistic that Qualcomm will be a supplier for Apple once again in the future. “This is a very dynamic industry,” he said during the earnings call. “If the opportunity presents itself, I think we will be a supplier of Apple.”Apple’s move to ditch Qualcomm for Intel does not come as a surprise. Both the companies have had a strained relationship off late due to ongoing legal battle regarding patent infringement and royalty disputes. Reports have also been circulating for many months now that Apple will be relying on Intel more for its chip needs. The move will, of course, hurt Qualcomm which has been supplying Apple with chips for many years now, but things may be difficult for Apple as well.advertisementWith tests showing that Intel’s modems are slower than Qualcomm’s, upcoming iPhones may perform slower compared to last year’s iPhones that used a mix of both modems. Additionally, Apple’s decision to rely on a single supplier for chips could make it difficult for Apple to keep up with the demands. This means consumers may have to wait longer than last year to get their hands on an iPhone.ALSO READ: Apple iPhones are slower than Samsung, Google phones in download speedslast_img read more

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