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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Dakar Rally should return to some Latin countries: Spanish racer Roma

first_imgMadrid, Dec 19 (IANS) Spanish racer Joan Roma, best known as Nani, urged organisers to consider returning the Dakar Rally to countries in Latin America such as Argentina and Chile, as the upcoming edition is to be held in Peru.During an event by organisers held here, Nani, who won the 2004 Dakar Rally riding a motorcycle and the 2014 edition driving a car, said that Latin America has wonderful areas to hold the event, while getting back to Africa is difficult at the moment, reports Efe news.”For me South America has spectacular sites: the Atacama (Desert) in Chile, Argentina,” the 46-year-old racer said.He added that the French media group of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), which organizes several sports events including the Dakar rally, “has to react, change the way of doing things and return again to the countries they were in before.”Nani also sees that returning to Africa currently would not be the most suitable choice as the security and geopolitical situation in many countries of that continent was getting worse all the time.”There are talks of going back to Africa, but honestly I do not see it is possible,” Nani expressed. “Morocco is safe, there are parts of Algeria that are safe; (however the rally) cannot go to Libya, Mali is not safe.”He added “to get the rally back to Africa will be different from what it used to be. For me, the Dakar rally could stay in Latin America.”–IANSgau/bglast_img read more

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