Instead of using Qualcomm, Apple Might Switch to Another Chipmaker

Rumors, which date back to October 2015, claim that Apple might be planning a shift to Intel modems for their upcoming flagship, the iPhone 7. The speculations were based on the fact that the Cupertino company sent a team to Munich last year, which were tasked to optimize the Intel 7360 LTE model to be used in the iPhone 7. Later on, reports surfaced claiming that Apple hired some wireless engineers which were part of a team which developed the aforementioned chip. Note that currently Apple is using modems manufactured by Qualcomm. 

THese rumors were further strengthened today when Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf expressed his concerns to an analyst, telling him that one of their major customers in planning to place a huge order with the Qualcomm’s rival. He also stated that loss of such a large order would result a considerable loss of business for Qualcomm. Although Mollenkopf didn’t specifically named its customer who is shifting their suppliers, we believe the CEO was talking about Apple.

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Naturally, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be launched in September, so to fulfill the demand once the smartphone is unveiled, the Cupertino company probably would have decided on which chip they are going to use so that they could place a large order as soon as possible. However, Apple has refused to comment on this matter.

let’s have a look at what the upcoming duo has to offer. We are expecting the flagship to host a dual camera system on its back. This dual camera system might be featured in all variants or just one of them – it is yet to be confirmed. In addition to that, the antenna lines might be removed from the back panel of the smartphone. Another rumor suggests that the Apple iPhone 7 might be launched WITHOUT A HOME BUTTON. The Touch ID and the home button might be integrated inside the home screen. Last but not the least, Apple might be dropping the 3.5 mm headphone jack however, reportedly, the smartphone might host a smart connector. The Smart Connector was released with the iPad Pro and is used to connect it to the Smart Keyboard. This ‘Smart’ Connector hosts the capability to transfer both data and power between two devices.

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