iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus Feature Intel’s Modems Creating New Versions For Device

Ramish Zafar
Posted Sep 10, 2016
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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launched this year came with their fair share of controversy. Apple tried its best to make us forget that it hasn’t changed the design on its flagships for three years. While the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did feature build upgrades, they devices maintained the spaceship form of their predecessors. The only new feature which Apple introduced was the dual camera for the larger iPhone 7 Plus. The removal of the 3.5mm earphone jack didn’t win Apple any new fans either. Almost all of these features had also surfaced on the rumor mill months before the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Another rumor also claimed that Intel’s modems would be making it on the devices this year.

Intel’s Modems On The iPhone 7 And iPhone 7 Plus Restrict Compatibility Of Some Models To T-Mobile And AT&T

Supplier issues are a problem that Apple’s faced on the iPhone for quite a while. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus suffered from GT Technologies’ bankruptcy. This forced Apple to stick with Corning’s Gorilla Glass on the devices. The inability of Apple to upgrade the iPhone’s display from IPS LCD to OLED or Micro-OLED is partly due to supplier problems as well. While we’ve started to see the collaboration between Foxconn and SHARP solidify, there’s still time until it bears actual fruit.

To that end, the news that Apple would use Intel’s modems in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wasn’t that much of a surprise either. For starters, the news had been surfacing for quite a while and secondly, Apple loves to diversify its supplier base without affecting performance whenever possible. To that end, we’re now starting to hear that Intel’s modems have made it on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus after all. What’s more, they’ve limited the pair’s carrier connectivity as well.

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The decision to use Intel’s modems on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has restricted their carrier connectivity. Santa Clara’s modems don’t support the old CDMA Standard which is employed by Sprint and Verizon. Therefore, if you’ve ordered an iPhone from either of the carriers, it’ll feature Qualcomm’s modems. If you’ve ordered one from T-Mobile or AT&T, then you’ll get a device with Intel’s modem. Of course, Apple hasn’t fully diversified yet. T-Mobile and AT&T iPhones feature Qualcomm’s modems as well.

With these restrictions, users might find themselves bound to one carrier over the life of their device. This will create problems for a lot of folks out there, even though carrier switches aren’t that common in the US. Nevertheless, if you haven’t pre-ordered an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for yourself, do consider today’s information before making your decision and carrier choice. If you’ve ordered one, then we hope we were of help in making things clear for you. Thoughts? Let us now what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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