2018 Apple iPhones may use Intel baseband chip exclusively, according to a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The report claims that Apple’s upcoming iPhones will drop Qualcomm baseband chips and source them from Intel modems. This means the order sharing of Qualcomm with Intel to supply modems for Apple will be stopped as the 2018 Apple iPhones may use Intel baseband chip.
It seems like Intel’s chip technology fulfills Apple’s performance standards. Intel is also looking to provide dual-SIM support for all its 2018 iPhones, according to Kuo.
The last two generations’ iPhones have used a mixture of Intel and Qualcomm chips. The results show that that Qualcomm-based iPhones deliver fast, more efficient 3G and 4G performance.
Just a couple of months ago, Kuo stated that in 2018, Apple will continue to give around 30 percent of the orders to Qualcomm. Then, in November, Kuo said that 2018’s iPhone models will include Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems with 4×4 MIMO technology support that will give faster LTE transmission speeds.
KGI believes that believes Qualcomm has a research and development lead that means Intel may not be ready for networking with 5G chipsets as quickly as Qualcomm.
Kuo adds that Apple will give all the orders to Intel, and the decision could force Qualcomm to look to other Chinese smartphone manufacturers for new orders to overcome the lost iPhone business.
Apple is reported to working on a new model with an LCD and OLED version. It looks like the company is also releasing a new iPad that follows in the footsteps of the iPhone X.