Apple is one of the leaders of the smartphone market. It is not surprising that the suppliers of the companies tend to be many manufacturers. And Intel is no exception to this rule. According, informants, the company is working on integrating LTE modem 7360 into the next generation of smart phones iPhone.
The project involves about a thousand employees from Intel, aid which was sent several engineers Apple, which should contribute to optimize the LTE 7360 for use in the iPhone 7.
Delivery of such a key component of Apple iPhone will be a real victory for Intel. Especially because before that the only supplier of modems for the iPhone, including the new iPhone 6s, remained the company Qualcomm. But the potential of the Agreement goes well beyond the next generation iPhone. After all, as they say, Apple is working on a new system on a chip line A, whose composition must be logged, including wireless and modem. Combining critical components in a single SoC provides a significant performance increase and better power efficiency of the system.
And sources do not rule out that a significant contribution to Intel and professional engineers may force Apple to think about the whole issue of the hardware platform on the capacities of the chip maker. Do not leave indifferent Apple and Intel used 10-nm process. However, for its optimization to the needs of the company from Cupertino may take about 2 years.