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Apple iPhone 8 may not support high-speed internet connectivity: Report

Apple iPhone 8 will reportedly leak components for high-speed LTE connectivity in comparison to rival Android smartphones.

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The hype around Apple iPhone 8 continues to grow and with each image leak or anticipated report. A recent report now suggests that the iPhone 8 will not be as powerful as contemporary Android smartphones in terms of internet speed. Turns out, Apple iPhone 8 would reportedly not offer support for high-speed internet connectivity. Also Read - iPhone SE 3 likely to bring some interesting specs at a budget, release timeline out

According to Bloomberg report, the alleged upcoming iPhone might not come with high-speed or the Gigabit LTE connectivity. Leading telecom operators such as Verizon and AT&T among others are looking forward to wireless network upgrades later this year. The network upgrades are said to allow users downloading a Gigabit of data per second which is 100 times the speed available currently. Also Read - Apple AR/VR headset mass production may be delayed until end of 2022 : Report

However, iPhone 8 might just be left lagging behind in terms of implementing the on-device support beforehand for such data connectivity performance, unlike rival Android smartphones. “Apple’s decision clashes with the marketing plans of a cellular industry desperate to show off faster network speeds to grab market share. The top US wireless carriers – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US, and Sprint – have declared 2017 the year of 1-gigabit speeds,” the report notes. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 prototype renders hint at rear mounted fingerprint scanner and bezel-less display Also Read - Apple Watch Series 7 first look: Classy with lots of health features

Why Apple iPhone 8 will not be able to make the shift? Basically, the conflict remains in how the Cupertino giant manages its supply chains. Apple imports LTE modem chips primarily from Qualcomm and Intel. Qualcomm is said to have the technology in place to support 1-gigabit of data download speeds. Although Intel continues to work on 1GB LTE compatible modems, it will not be able to power the iPhone 8 in time.

While Apple can import LTE components from Qualcomm, its past relationship with the company hasn’t been quite warm. Both Apple and Qualcomm were embroiled in a legal battle, where Apple alleged the chipmaker of conducting illegal monopoly over royalties and finance. According to reports, Apple is likely to import Qualcomm modems for some of its iPhone 8 units while empowering other units with Intel modem. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 spotted running iOS 11; no rear fingerprint sensor seen

From what we know so far, the Apple iPhone 8 will feature revamped design, unlike previous iPhones. The smartphone is said to sport an end-to-end stretched display with thin bezels. Reports suggest the Apple would use OLED display panels in the upcoming iPhone. Continuing from iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 is said to sport a dual rear camera setup as well, but a vertically aligned one with LED flash place between the twin camera sensors. Other specifications include wireless charging and improved waterproof and dustproof rating.

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  • Published Date: June 12, 2017 1:13 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 12, 2017 3:28 PM IST


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