What an Apple supplier just revealed about 2016’s iPhone 7 and 2017’s iPhone 7s

“Avago Technologies is a semiconductor company that, among other things, provides radio frequency, or RF, components to smartphone vendors. One of Avago’s highest profile customers is, of course, Apple,” Ashraf Eassa writes for The Motley Fool. “During Avago’s most recent earnings call, management said it expects its RF content in smartphones to grow at a robust 20% ‘every year.'”

“Avago’s expectations around RF content increases in smartphones, coupled with the fact it’s putting its money where its mouth is vis-a-vis capacity, tells us quite a bit about Apple’s plans for the iPhone 7 and 7s,” Eassa writes. “In order for Avago to have the kind of confidence that it does about RF content increases in smartphones, the company probably knows what kind of RF content Apple is looking to include in several future iPhone generations. It’s clearly going up.”

“I believe that with the iPhone 7, Apple will adopt Qualcomm’s X12 LTE modem, which offers download speeds of up to 600 megabits per second (twice that of the MDM9x35 inside of the iPhone 6s) and upload speeds of up to 150 megabits per second (thrice those of the aforementioned 9×35),” Eassa writes. “I suspect that with the iPhone 7s, Apple will again adopt a significantly faster Qualcomm modem, this time in the form of the X16 modem, which will reportedly boost maximum download speeds to a full gigabit per second.”

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    1. I was visiting my mother-in-law over Thanksgiving, and had very poor cell service and ZERO data service. Apparently AT&T is okay there, but I’m on Verizon, and boy do they not share in that part of the country. 🙁

      1. Same story (except I have T-Mobile) at my mom’s house in SW Virginia. Voice coverage varies between nothing and sometimes. Data coverage is generally zero except near one edge of her property, where I occasionally saw two bars on 4G. It is like time travel to 30 years ago.

  1. Take that Samsung!

    It will take a mega-ARM CPU to handle the data and no doubt Apple has already designed that, too.

    Users today are basically choosing smartphones between a maker of the Ferrari (Apple) and the Corvette (Samsung/Google, etc.) Since they aren’t that much difference in price, why buy 2nd best.

    The new iPhone buyers switching from Android confirm this trend.

  2. We never thought the main frame then desktop computer then laptop would be superceded but already the mobile devices are rapidly eating into everything but large format document creation and that may go mobile, too with wireless large screens at some point (more RF chips.)

    An interesting historical overlook of the advances in society is in a 200 page book length pdf which people with perspective may want to download.

    The pdf is on information delivery has changed in a century.

    Put “www” in front of the rest of the URL below.
    .stiba-malang.com—BLOGGER & TWITTER POP CROSS.pdf

  3. Sorry, but this is going to Intel. These speeds are irrelevant as there won’t be carriers offering speeds like this during the product’s primary life-cycle.

    What’s more important at this point is efficiency. Intel is about to significantly leapfrog in efficiency. And while it’s not the CPU, Intel really wants to get more involved in the iPhone.

    Intel will likely be involved in both the modem and in fabbing the SOC. Nobody can compete with this at the volume Apple requires.

  4. Who cares? Without a network of it’s own, really who cares? Apple should build not buy a network, allow all comers on the network cell, pads, etc. for a flat fee of 39.99. unlimited everything service. Then they should open a bank, cause they will make so much money the only way anybody else would get any is if apple loaned it to them.

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