Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

2018 iPhones may use Intel modems inclusively, pushing out Qualcomm entirely

2018 iPhones may use Intel modems inclusively, pushing out Qualcomm entirely

Qualcomm has also been ahead of the competition and its eventual rolling out of 5G modems before Intel might force Apple to bring the chip manufacturer back into partnership despite the legal battle scars they have had to endure for months.

"In a detailed note citing extensive channel checks with chip suppliers, brokerage Nomura Instinet said it anticipated that Apple would drop Qualcomm in favour of a handful of other suppliers, as it seeks to reduce materials costs for iPhones", Reuters reports.

In a three memo research seen by AppleInsider, known analyst Ming Chi Kuo has added few more details about Apple's 2018 portfolio, expecting a decline in the need for LCD models in the future. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is going to ditch the Qualcomm platforms for the latest Intel XMM 7560 that supports both GSM and CDMA. There's also chance Apple could still ask Qualcomm for components, perhaps as concessions in the patent lawsuit settlement. This is likely to leave Qualcomm with absolutely no contribution in iPhones.

9to5Mac has sourced this news to a Taiwanese business group KGI Securities which informed that Apple has bought chips from both Qualcomm and Intel for its iPhone 7 sets. As mentioned, the iPhone SE managed to attract a loyal following, and credit goes to its more-than-decent specs and functionalities.

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Between 2011 and 2016, in fact, Qualcomm was the exclusive modem provider for the iPhone.

Soon after this report, Qualcomm filed three fresh complaints against Apple in a USA court, alleging violations on 16 different patents by the iPhone maker that includes the "super-premium" iPhone X. PCMag found same results for iPhone X with Qualcomm equipped iPhones performing better than those compared with Intel chips.

Apple is famous for not trying to rely too much on individual suppliers as it gives too much leverage, and the company constantly tries to push for a more diversified supply chain, where it can.

Qualcomm and Apple have been working together for quite some time now. According to MacRumors, Intel will be the exclusive supplier of modem for all the new iPhones launching later this year.

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