Intel Chips To Be Used In AT&T IPhone 7

Posted: Jun 10 2016, 11:37am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Intel Chips to Be Used in AT&T iPhone 7
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Apple has reportedly ordered mobile chips from Intel, marking the companies first big mobile deal.

Intel struggled now for years to make a significant mark in the mobile space. According to a Bloomberg report that changed now as Apple ordered mobile chips from Intel.

Apple is using Intel chips in the AT&T variant of the iPhone 7 and some other international versions. Qualcomm is still supplying the majority of the iPhone 7 mobile chips including for Verizon and China.

It remains to be seen if this report is true, before you head out and buy Intel stock. Intel could look at an order of over 20 million chipsets. AT&T is estimated to sell 22 million iPhones in 2016 according to Walt Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG LLC. The major embarissment for Intel over the past years is that they have not been able to place a mobile CPU in any major smartphone. Qualcomm, ARM and MediaTek own every CPU out there, besides Apple's home made CPUs.

The Wi-Fi chipset in the iPhone 7 is maybe coming from Broadcom besides from Qualcomm. Broadcom is the source of a rumor that the iPhone 7 will support WiGig.

Intel got into the baseband chipset business with the acquisition of Infineon's wireless devision back in 2007. Infineon was the supplier for the modem in the first iPhone. Apple then switched to Qualcomm.

I already see Apple fans debating if the Intel or the Qualcomm baseband chipsets offer better connectivity. It's not the first time different sourced chips have been the topic of such discussions.

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 in September. The iPhone 7 will have more performance and dual lens camera system in some models. The storage capacity might finally start at 32GB and go up to 256GB.

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