iPhones in 2018 to Come With Upgraded Intel and Qualcomm LTE Modems, Says Analyst – Report Comes After Latest Announcement


Just shortly after Intel made the announcement of its XMM 7660 LTE modem, well-known KGI Securities’ analyst is back with another prediction, stating that iPhones coming in 2018 will get better hardware. Well, we all knew that but they will feature upgraded LTE chips from Qualcomm and Intel.

iPhone Models for 2018 Will Get a Snapdragon X20 and Intel XMM 7560 LTE Modems for Faster Downlink Speeds

Ming-Chi Kuo has stated in a note detailed through MacRumors that all 2018 iPhones will get faster Intel and Qualcomm LTE chips.

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“New baseband chips from Intel & Qualcomm will significantly boost transmission speed of new 2H18 iPhone models thanks to supporting 4x4 MIMO antenna design: We believe that 2H18 new iPhones will upgrade baseband chips from Intel’s XMM 7480 and Qualcomm's MDM 9655 in 2H17 to Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm's SDX 20. As both new chips support 4x4 MIMO technology, compared to only 2x2 MIMO in 2H17, we anticipate LTE transmission speeds will increase significantly. We believe Intel will supply Apple with 70-80% or more of required baseband chips.”

Keep in mind that Intel already stated that its XMM 7660 chips will be present in mobile devices starting from 2019, not 2018. There will also be other features added, which the analyst has detailed as follows:

In November 2017, Intel announced substantial advances in its wireless product roadmap to accelerate the adoption of 5G. Intel’s latest LTE modem, the Intel® XMM™ 7660, supports speeds up to 1.6 gigabits per second. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

“2H18 iPhone models won't only offer faster LTE transmission speed: We predict that at least one of the 2H18 new iPhone models will feature dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) with support for LTE+LTE connections. Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.”

As we move closer to 2018, chip manufacturers are already gearing up to transition to 5G technology while iPhones continue to feature previous-generation LTE modems. It is possible that Apple is going down this route because it is aware that mobile carriers can deliver nowhere near the downlink speeds advertised by LTE modem manufacturers.

In short, their capabilities will be wasted when using services because companies themselves cannot deliver such speeds.

Perhaps in the near future, we will be surprised what carriers are capable of doing.