The next of kin Apple, Qualcomm may it see the end with Intel. As latest reports asserts that the Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 7 to integrate Intel’s LTE modem sockets slashing Qualcomm sockets.
Reportedly, Intel has bagged this big deal as the chip giant was lurching in the smartphone market.
The report asserts that iPhones sold on the Verizon network and in China will continue to use Qualcomm modems it’s unclear what this means for carrier-unlocked iPhones in the US.
After several years of developing applications processors for smartphones, Intel finally decided to shut down that business earlier this year. However, its acquisition of Via Telecom’s modem business late last year indicated that it was turning its focus toward the modem market, and the move appears to have paid off.
Intel will reportedly supply baseband modem chips for iPhones sold on AT&T’s network, according to the Bloomberg report. BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk expects AT&T to sell between 22 million and 23 million iPhones this year. Intel will also supply the modems for other models in international markets. Notably, Qualcomm will keep the socket in models sold in China.
IHS estimates the Qualcomm chip in the iPhone 6s costs Apple $13 per device. With Apple expecting to sell around 200 million iPhones, that’s a potential $650 million payday for Intel.
On the heels of the announcement, the investor market started laundering, as Qualcomm’s shares reportedly plunged after this major announcement.
While analysts expect Intel to generate over $57 billion in revenue this year, the iPhone win should help offset some of the losses it’s taken on its mobile business thus far.