iPhone SE Doesn’t Have Intel’s Modem, But iPhone 7 Might!
According to the recently surfaced rumors about iPhone SE, Intel had apparently made a dive into the Apple world by replacing Qualcomm as the supplier of cellular modems for the special edition. While our digging tells that might not be true, there still are chances that iPhone 7 could have Intel’s modem.
About the SE first. The rumor came in through our folks at Fudzilla who suggested that the iPhone C (unofficial name of the model) would source the cellular modems from Intel.
However, if you check out the detailed specifications that Apple has provided for the iPhone SE, you will see that it supports CDMA. The problem here is, there are no Intel modems out there that have support for CDMA.
While that is the case with the details provided on the US version of Apple’s website, the Chinese version does have non-CDMA supported models but then again, they are boasting 19 LTE bands and we are not sure if there is an Intel modem that can handle that, except for the XMM 7260 maybe.
That being said, rumors about Intel’s takeover in terms of iPhone 7 do have at least one small weight in their favor. They could be using XMM 7360 in the upcoming smartphone.
What gives this the tiniest of believability is the fact that a number of financial analysts, like one at barclay’s has been downgrading the expected share value of Qualcomm because he thinks that Intel is going to take away a share of their earnings by striking a deal with Apple for modems that will be used in iPhone 7.
Will Intel be able to give performance equal to Snapdragon X12 if they manage to actually score with iPhone SE or iPhone 7?