A June 9 report from Bloomberg says Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) upcoming iPhone models won’t support 1-gigabit-per-second download speeds. The report notes that Apple will again look to both Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) to supply the cellular modems for the next-generation iPhone models, as it does for the current iPhone 7-series smartphones.
As Bloomberg points out, Qualcomm currently sells a cellular modem capable of 1-gigabit-per-second download speeds — the Snapdragon X16 — but Intel doesn’t. Intel’s upcoming XMM 7480, which Apple will probably use this year, supports only 450 megabits per second. As a result, Bloomberg says, Apple will hold back the capabilities of the Qualcomm-powered devices to match those of the Intel-powered devices.