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.
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 connections
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 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.