If the recently leaked iPhone 6s logic board is to be believed, Apple will be using a much faster and improved LTE modem made by Qualcomm. The said LTE modem will offer 2x faster download speed at 300Mbps over an LTE connection. However, a new report from DigiTimes, who has a mixed track record when it comes to unreleased Apple devices, claims that Apple will be looking to diversify its suppliers in two years from now by adding Intel to its supply chain for baseband modems .
Intel, the chip giant known for its top of the class computer processors, has been making modems for smartphones for quite some time now. But its modems could not compete the advanced chips of Qualcomm. Nonetheless, Intel has made huge progress in making its smartphone modems faster, power efficient and improved the overall performance as well. However, it remains to be seen if these Intel modems are any better than the one made by Qualcomm.
The sources of DigiTimes believe that Intel won’t be able to secure modem chip orders for the iPhone 6s, however, Intel could make its way onto the list of Apple’s supply chain partners for the 2017 Phone devices as Apple is looking to diversify its modem chip suppliers.
The sources further said that Qualcomm, in collaboration with TSMC, is currently responsible for supplying 100% of the modem chips for the upcoming iPhone models. These new models will be manufactured using 20nm process technology which will not only make these chips faster but also power efficient. A recent report also indicated that Apple will be using a 2x faster LTE modem in its iPhone 6s.
If the recent reports are to be believed, Apple is all set to unveil iPhone 6s on September 9 with Force Touch, 12MP camera, and A9 chip as its main feature, followed by the new devices hitting shelves on September 18.