KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been providing a lot of information lately on Apple’s plans for the iPhone in 2018. Earlier this month, Kuo reported that the Cupertino giant could launch three iPhones next year, all of which are expected to sport an iPhone X-like design language. Now, Kuo has added that at least one of the phones will sport modems from Qualcomm and that all of them will come with support for dual-SIM.
Kuo’s report comes following an earlier rumour that Apple is looking to Intel for a majority of the modems. One of the reasons behind this could be due to Apple’s ongoing legal disputes with Qualcomm. However, Kuo now reports that Qualcomm will still supply modems, but in limited numbers. Intel will provide 70 to 80 per cent of the modems, while the rest will be provided by Qualcomm.
The iPhone models in 2018 will feature Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems with both supporting 4×4 MIMO technology that would enable faster LTE transmission speeds, Kuo said.
Next year’s iPhones are also expected to have DSDS (dual-SIM dual standby) and dual LTE. If this is true, it will be the first time Apple has added dual-SIM support for an iPhone. Furthermore, instead of the existing DSDS phones which commonly support LTE + 3G connections, next-gen iPhones will support LTE + LTE which will enable both the SIMs to be active simultaneously.
It is also possible that the iPhone next year will support one SIM slot and one eSIM. The Apple Watch Series 3, which was launched earlier this year, was the first smartwatch from Apple to feature eSIM support. While eSIM is currently being adopted in markets like the US, it is still not a thing in India, which is why the Series 3 with LTE connectivity never made it to the country.
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