Intel Inside in iPhone 7; Could Replace Qualcomm Chips

June 14, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Just when it’s mobile department was about to get labelled as a flawed attempt, Intel has received a much-needed boost they were for longing for. And, this could be the biggest ever win too for their mobile chipset department.

In a move to expand its hardware diversity, tech giant Apple has decided to incorporate Intel under its supplier belt. It’s now reported that Apple will be using chips from Intel for its upcoming iPhone 7.

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If that could be true, Intel will be supplying its wireless chip, XMM 7360 LTE modem, which is used as the bridge between smartphones and communications, to the Cupertino-based company.

The current version of iPhone features Wi-Fi and LTE chips supplied by Qualcomm, and it is the decision of Apple to broaden its supplier base that has now landed Intel under the list.

However, Qualcomm chips are not expected to be completely replaced, as Apple will be including Intel chips only for some of its versions. The Intel-powered modem will be likely featured in the AT&T version of iPhone 7 in the US, and some other global versions.

With that said, the Verizon version of iPhone 7 will continue to use the chips from Qualcomm. Chips from Qualcomm will also be present on all versions that will be released in China.

Intel, whose mobile chipset arm has suffered big misses and losses during the past, will consider the move the best they have had till now. Intel’s share of chips in Apple’s new devices is said to be above 30%. Both companies haven’t officially responded to the news yet.

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