Although the new Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are planned for next September the Cupertino giant is in a difficult situation due to the supply of LTE Gigabit modems.
The Apple Company does not rely solely on a vendor of that component, but has relied on Qualcomm and Intel following a certain parity relationship. This means that both are the ones that supply the LTE modems to Apple, but the models of one and the other offer a different performance.
In the case of Qualcomm the modems that have used in the Snapdragon 835 offer theoretical maximum speeds of 1 Gbps, a figure that however cannot reach Intel solutions. This means that unless surprise Apple will not have a good supply of Gigabit LTE modems, something that could end up affecting the configuration of their new terminals.
Since the relationship between Apple and Qualcomm is not going well, the most “simple” solution would be that the new Apple iPhone 8s, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus mount modems from both manufacturers but yielding the same level, that is to say the Cupertino reduce Purposely the speed of the most powerful models so that the users do not find different benefits in the same model of iPhone.
There is another option that we cannot rule out, and it is also possible that those of the bite apple decide to reserve the most powerful LTE modems for the Apple iPhone 8, so the less powerful would be used in the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.
It makes sense since the first one will be presented as a special edition terminal, although we do not know if even in that case Apple would have a supply good enough to cover the demand of said smartphone.
Some believe that this may end up taking its toll on Apple as the new top-end smartphones are using the appeal of the LTE Gigabit modem to get attention. Personally I do not think Cupertino’s are too worried.