A new report suggests that the new Apple handset, the iPhone 7, is set to feature the Intel 7360LTD modem chip, which doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but given that it’s also reported that Intel already has 1,000 employees working on the brand new hardware for the upcoming handset, it should be pretty special.
The new LTE chip is set to give the next-gen Apple handset a hefty speed boost, offering much faster wireless speeds that I’m sure any user of the device will welcome. The new chip is said to be capable of up to 450Mb/s downlink, will support an impressive 29 LTD bands, meaning that using the phone virtually anywhere in the world shouldn’t be an issue, with all major 4G LTE bands supported.
“Sources with knowledge of the situation say that Apple eventually would like to create a system-on-a-chip (SOC) that includes both the phone’s Ax processor and the LTE modem chip. A system-on-a-chip design could deliver significant returns in improved speed and better power management.” said Venturebeat
If this works out, a partnership between Intel and Apple could be very lucrative and could open up a lot of possibilities for both companies in the future. Of course, Apple is sticking with the LTE chip for now, as the iPhone 7 is expected the run on the new 10nm A10 chip.