The report from CLSA analyst Srini Pajjuri claims that Intel would supply about 30 to 40 percent of the iPhone 7's cellular modems, citing "Asian supply chain checks." If true, the move would certainly impact Qualcomm, which currently manufactures cellular modems for all iPhone models.
Pajjuri believes that Apple's partnership with Intel for modems will have a 4 percent negative impact to its Qualcomm's revenue, and 2 percent on earnings. Intel, on the other hand, will see a 1.5 to 2 percent increase in its revenue and earnings.
While Apple is looking to cut some reliance on Qualcomm, the company doesn't plan to completely turn away from the chipmaker. On the contrary, the analyst believes that the company will "share shift back" to Qualcomm in 2017.
Just last year, it was reported that Intel had 1,000 people working on an LTE Chip for the iPhone 7. The move would open the door for Intel to create an SOC that includes both an Ax processor and an LTE modem, according to sources.
The report also claimed that Apple and Intel were considering utilizing Intel's XMM 7360 LTE modem for the iPhone, which supports download speeds of 450Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps. For comparison, Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which feature Qualcomm's MDM9635, support download speeds of 300mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps.
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