Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

IPhone X2, X Plus release date, specs rumors

It seems that Apple is getting ready to up the pressure on Qualcomm by switching to Intel modems for this year's iPhone line up.

We heard a rumour a little while back from none other than Ming-Chi Kuo, the analyst from KGI Securities with possibly the best track record ever when it comes to new tech predictions and accurate leaks. "Qualcomm's modem technology is solid, but Intel modems cost less while still meeting Apple's standards", Shah wrote, adding that the move could save Apple more than $100 million.

The reason? Intel meets Apple's technical requirements and offers more competitive prices, according to the analyst. Qualcomm has supplied Apple components for years but had an issue last year when Apple blamed Qualcomm of overcharging the price of their chips and their refusal to pay $1 billion in rebates.

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Past year when Apple accused Qualcomm of overcharging for its chips and a series of other patent lawsuits, their relationship went downhill.

Intel shares were up 1.4 per cent at $46.81. This is likely to leave Qualcomm with absolutely no contribution in iPhones. As per the latest report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and as reported by 9to5Mac, next generation of iPhones will exclusively use Intel modems, instead of Qualcomm. As mentioned, the iPhone SE managed to attract a loyal following, and credit goes to its more-than-decent specs and functionalities. In fact, the iPhone X sports Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem.

But the December quarter overall figures do tell a different story, with the company suffering its first year-on-year decline for iPhone in the holiday season since the smartphone was launched a decade ago. Apple may still approach Qualcomm for some orders as it negotiates concession in trying to lay legal disputes to rest. Kuo is also predicting the new Intel chips will support dual SIM slots, though whether Apple will launch an iPhone with dual-SIM slots is not clearly stated in the report. Talking about Intel, Samsung recently overtook the United States chipmaker in its own game of chip making for the first time in 25 years, making former the world's biggest processor-making firm.

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