iPhone 8 will be behind the competition with THIS one crucial feature

APPLE is gearing up to launch its next-generation smartphone – iPhone 8 – this summer. However, new reports about the device suggest it will be behind the competition in one crucial aspect.

iPhone 8 release date is scheduled to launch this September.

The latest smartphone is rumoured to boast a slew of new features, including a new edge-to-edge display, 3D sensing facial recognition functionality in a dual front-facing camera set-up, as well as improved speakers.

The next iPhone will also purportedly include OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, to both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up. It is also expected to ship with an OLED display with True Tone, a technology that Apple debuted with its 9.7inch iPad Pro.

However the new iPhone could be behind the competition in one crucial aspect – and it might affect the speed of your mobile data connection. That’s because Apple looks set to shun Qualcomm’s newest X16 LTE modems, which are capable of lightning-fast 1 gigabit per second connections, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The Qualcomm X16 LTE enables smartphones to reach eye-watering 1 gigabit per second connectionsQUALCOMM

The Qualcomm X16 LTE enables smartphones to reach eye-watering 1 gigabit per second connections

The decision to move away from the fastest available Qualcomm modem is attributed to Apple’s long-standing reluctance to depend on a single manufacture for one of the key components in the iPhone.

For example, iPhone 7 uses modems supplied by both Qualcomm and Intel.

This means Apple is not completely dependent on any one company – and it also helps the Cupertino-based firm to meet the staggering demand around each of its new smartphones.

Bloomberg claims the problem currently facing Apple is that Intel’s new gigabit-ready modems will not be available in time for the launch of its next iPhone.

According to sources inside Apple, the company is hesitant to sign-up to an exclusive deal with Qualcomm given the fact that the two companies are currently embroiled in a gruelling legal battle.

iPhone 7 uses modems from two suppliers – Qualcomm and IntelGETTY

iPhone 7 uses modems from two suppliers – Qualcomm and Intel

As a result, Apple will purportedly continue to use modems from both Qualcomm and Intel.

However, it looks set to disable the ability to reach gigabit speeds with the Qualcomm X16 LTE to avoid any disparity in speeds between iPhone models.

A number of flagship smartphones – like the Samsung Galaxy S8 – are already using Qualcomm’s X16 LTE silicon.

On paper at least, the next-generation iPhone looks like it could be falling behind some of the competition.

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