Upcoming iPhones may not support LTE speeds
Apple's ongoing legal battle with chip maker Qualcomm could affect the performance of the upcoming smartphones
Apple is set to release its next line of iPhones later this year, but due to an ongoing legal battle the smartphones may not be capable of gigabit cellular connections.
Apple and Qualcomm have been battling for a while now, with Apple most recently claiming that the chip maker ‘has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with', Apple said in a statement in January this year.
A report by Bloomberg highlighted that Apple will need to rely on both Qualcomm and Intel modems for its upcoming devices. Apple's reasons for using two suppliers is to prevent relying on a single supplier.
However the problem is that whilst Qualcomm's modems are capable of the one gigabit download speeds, Intel is not. Intel is working on a modem with the same capability but reports suggest it will not be ready in time for Apple's next release.
The top U.S. wireless carriers, Verizon AT&T, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp, have marked 2017 the year of 1 gigabit speeds, however if they achieve this, Apple's upcoming devices may not be compatible.