Apple will continue to dual-source cellular modems for 2018 iPhones from chip makers Intel and Qualcomm, with the updated pre-5G baseband chips enabling faster LTE speeds.

That’s according to revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who wrote in a note to clients Friday that Intel will be Apple’s main supplier providing 70%-80% of baseband modems for the upcoming iPhone models.

The analyst explains that Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems support 4×4 MIMO technology. Given that current iPhones are limited to 2×2 MIMO antenna design (via Intel’s XMM 7480 and Qualcomm’s MDM 9655 chipsets), Kuo speculates that 2018 iPhones will feature significantly faster LTE transmission speeds.

He also mentions that Apple has been developing its own baseband chip in an effort to further reduce bill of material and cut down the number of chips on the logic board.

The research note states that next year’s iPhone models might also have dual-SIM support, which would be a first as no iPhones to date have had this feature. Dual-SIM support would apparently include features like dual standby and LTE+LTE connections, which allows two SIM cards to be active simultaneously using only one set of chips.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that 2018 iPhones will accept two SIM cards because one of them could use the latest embedded SIM (eSIM) format.

Have you ever needed a dual-SIM iPhone?

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  • 9to5Slavery

    That would fit into the enterprise section being most secured and most enterprise at the same time while working with IBM and other big enterprise businesses the earlier article states.

    From this I think cellular companies will definitely develop another avenue stream of income.

  • techfreak23

    I hate that Apple decided to use Intel modems that ONLY support GSM networks. Hopefully this new modem supports both…

    • Why would you need a cdma modem in the US?

      • techfreak23

        Umm because two of the top 4 networks in the US (Verizon and Sprint) are CDMA networks…

      • Ric D

        Wrong, Verizon is moving forward from CDMA in the near future just research it.

      • techfreak23

        Yeah not until 2020 at the earliest but it even says in the article that is somewhat tentative for a few reasons.

      • First of all Sprint is not a top Network second of all Verizon is shutting down CDMA this year ??? don’t post if you do t know what you’re talking about. Verizon is going full LTE which is a GSM technology.

      • techfreak23

        Sprint may suck, but it is one of the top 4 carriers with over 50 millions subscribers in the US, which still uses CDMA and they (to my knowledge) don’t have any public plans to move away from it any time soon. You are correct about Verizon on shutting down the CDMA network, but not until at least 2020 (which is mildly tentative for a number of reasons). If there are no more CDMA networks at all, not just the top carriers getting rid of them, then obviously there is no reason to have CDMA radios in the phones.

        I had a slightly harder time selling my AT&T 7 this year because of the fact that Apple decided to use the Intel modem and I couldn’t sell to Verizon users.

  • Vinnie Bones

    So that LeBron’s hairline notch is here to stay??

  • Vinnie Bones

    I think the consumers would be happier with a microsd card slot, not another sim

    • That’s by far the dumbest idea ever iPhones don’t need outdated Micro SD cards ??? the base capacity on an 8 is 64GB we are already at 256 with 512 GB options coming next year on iPhone X Plus

      • Vinnie Bones

        Do you know how much this shit fills up recording 4K videos? MicroSD Outdated? Dumbest idea? Sounds like you’re the one who should go back to your cave. Troll.

      • rortiguerra .

        Bridge. From what I read when I was younger, trolls live under a bridge.

  • n0ahcruz3

    As a Tmobile subscriber, im more excited to see if the next iPhone would support 600mhz band