AT&T version of Apple iPhone 7 will include Intel Silicon: Report

The latest report from the Bloomberg indicates that the latest Apple iPhone 7 will include LTE chips from intel and Qualcomm. Intel is reported to be joining Qualcomm as an LTE chip supplier for the latest highly anticipated Apple iPhone 7.

Rumors, that have been surfacing on the internet since last summer, claim that Apple is planning to use Intel’s LTE modems in some versions of its upcoming smartphones. The latest report from Bloomberg sheds more light onto this matter. Specific information about the chips has been unveiled as well as how the orders for the LTE chips for iPhone 7 will divide into the two companies.


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According to the report, Intel will make the LTE chips for iPhone 7. However, the Intel chips will only be for AT&T versions and international versions of the smartphone. Meanwhile, Qualcomm which was the sole chip supplier for the iPhone 6S will deliver chips for iPhone 7 Verizon models. The Chinese versions of the iPhone 7 will also contain Qualcomm chips.

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Bringing Intel as a second LTE chip provider can be beneficial for Apple. It will place the company in an advantageous position in negotiations with both Intel and Qualcomm. However, engineers at Apple will have to work extra hard to make sure that there aren’t any performance or power consumption differences between the two chips.

The industry analysts in the Bloomberg report quoted that Intel’s LTE chip are falling behind Qualcomm’s modems when it comes to performance. Intel will need to improve its chip performance to keep up with its competitor.

Earlier this year,  the CEO of Qualcomm, Steve Mollenkopf hinted that the chipmaker will be losing some of its LTE modem orders from one of its major client’s to one of it’s leading competitor firm. Mollenkopf did not name which client is turning over orders, but chances are that he was talking about Apple.

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Both of the rumored Intel and Qualcomm LTE chips for the iPhone 7 are expected to be capable of faster speed than the MDM9635 chipset in the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Theoretically, the iPhone 6 provides a download speed of up to 300 Mbps and upload speed of up to 50 Mbps. But, real world speed tends to be slower due to network limitations. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Read about our Affiliates Disclosure Policy here.