The latest update from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which was reported by MacRumors indicates that Apple’s next iPhone will have an Intel as its sole supplier of cellular modems. This means they will eliminate Qualcomm’s modems for the iPhone devices, and likely to escalate tensions in the ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm.
One of the lawsuits between the two giant companies, which was launch by Qualcomm alleges that Apple improperly shared proprietary code with Intel, and Kuo’s present expectations would align this idea of Apple and Intel working together.
Intel’s exclusivity might not last that long, Apple though could send some orders at Qualcomm’s way as a concession in trying to end their legal quarrel between the two. Apple is also known for relying on multiple supplier, which shows their diversity of supply chain for iPhone components. The company also prefers to build and design its own parts, as it did by switching to making their own GPU.
As to what is behind the scenes, Apple’s iPhone X successor’s answer is not much. We can anticipate a faster LTE in the next iPhone whoever is their new supplier. iPhone needs to keep their pace since the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and its Exynos 9 chip, which promised to have accelerated cellular connectivity.