2018 iPhones to rely exclusively on Intel baseband chips, KGI claims

06 February, 2018, 14:09 | Author: Becky Perry
  • 2018 iPhones to rely solely on Intel baseband chips, KGI claims

Meanwhile, the interest in the 6.1-inch iPhone will boost sales for Apple's LCD suppliers who have seen tough times in past.

Past year when Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for its chips and a series of other patent lawsuits, their relationship went downhill.

He is now claiming that Qualcomm will be excluded from 2018 iPhones altogether.

Nomurai analyst, Romit Shah stated that Apple can save over $100 million in the next iPhone production cycle by switching to Intel's cheaper modem chips.

A research note on MacRumors and 9to5Mac hints that Apple will be having Intel as its supplier of cellular modems.

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According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, a second-generation iPhone SE on Apple's 2018 pipeline is hard to believe if the reports are true that the company plans to unveil three new flagship phones in the last quarter of the year. For instance, its newest XMM 7560 modem can support both GSM and CDMA.

Apple and Qualcomm are hardly the best of friends. Intel's previous chips lacked support for CDMA.

In its latest lawsuit, Qualcomm has accused Apple of sharing its proprietary code with Intel. After losing the iPhone business, Qualcomm will be more aggressive in securing orders from Chinese smartphone vendors. However, KGI does not rule out Qualcomm returning to the supply chain, perhaps as concessions in the patent lawsuit settlement. Although the iPhone 7 models with Intel chipsets were found to be slower in LTE speeds as compared to Qualcomm models, some reports indicated that Apple planned to completely move away from Qualcomm for the future iPhones.

For the 2018 devices, Apple is set to rely on Intel as the exclusive supplier, saying that it offers more competitive prices. It may force Apple to go back to Qualcomm.

There is also a possibility that Apple might ditch both Intel and Qualcomm and start manufacturing its own LTE modems since the company has been slowly dampening the dependency factor on these companies in order to exercise complete autonomy on its products.

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