Amidst reiterating that the rumored 6.1″ LCD iPhone 9 will account for 50% of Apple’s 2018 iPhone crop sales, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added a few more notable details about this year’s portfolio in three memos to clients of its research shop KGI Securities.
Apple may be switching to MediaTek as an extra wireless modem supplier indeed, to fill the hole in its soul left by the patent battle with Qualcomm. It is already using inferior Intel modems for most of its 2018 iPhones on GSM carriers, but, unfortunately (for Apple, that is), it has to use Qualcomm on CDMA ones like Verizon or Sprint in the US, and it’s exactly the those licensing and royalties fees that it is trying to escape from.
That may all come to an end next year, when sources say that Intel will be supplying the vast majority of iPhone modems with its new gigabit LTE creation, …
If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter’s handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.
From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant …
The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties, which led Qualcomm to seek an injunction banning iPhone sales in China, may end up permanently damaging the San Diego based chip designer. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is designing its 2018 iPhone and iPad models to work with modem chips supplied by Intel and MediaTek. Apple will apparently not use Qualcomm’s modem chips for its 2018 mobile devices even though Qualcomm says that the “modem that could be used in the next generation iPhone has already been fully tested and released to Apple.”
Apple has always …
It might not be common knowledge yet, but Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come with an additional processor inside, which is supposed to help the flagships perform better when executing various tasks.
Dubbed Pixel Visual Core, the co-processor is not yet enabled, so the smartphones do not yet take advantage of the AI-related features. However, the special chip will be activated along with Android 8.1 Oreo developer preview that’s expected to arrive in the coming weeks.
The co-processor has been co-developed by Google and Intel since no current chip fit the search …
Samsung yesterday announced record profits for the second quarter of 2017, driven mainly by its OLED panel and memory chip businesses. But aside from the exorbitant operating profit it made, Samsung also broke another record by taking Intel’s place as the world’s leading chip maker.
Oh, the times we live in! A new report by Nomura Securities says that Samsung is about to surpass Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor maker. Say what? Intel has been at the forefront of chip-making for decades now, but for this past quarter Samsung is projected to hit $15 billion in semiconductor sales, compared with Intel’s $14.4 billion.