Intel now has a thousand people or more working to outfit a 2016 iPhone with its lauded 7360 LTE modem chip, sources say. If all goes well, Intel may end up providing both the modem and the fabrication for a new Apple system on a chip.
The report goes on to mention that, although Apple hasn’t yet signed an agreement with Intel to provide LTE modem chips in the next iPhone, it may very well dual-source modems for the iPhone 7 from Intel and, current supplier, Qualcomm.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings of an Intel LTE modem making its way into the iPhone. In 2013, for example, a report detailed that Apple was looking for alternate suppliers for its radio chips. Then, earlier this year, a similar rumor popped up stating that Intel would provide a modem chip for the 2016 iPhone. While nothing is certain, and we’re still a ways off from seeing anything concrete regarding an iPhone 7, such a move would represent a big blow to Qualcomm, which has been Apple’s go-to supplier for the last several years.