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Apple Might Intentionally Put Inferior Chips in Its Devices

An ongoing legal battle between Apple and chip supplier Qualcomm could prompt the iPhone maker to go exclusively with Intel chips. And that’s bad news for consumers.

By NTK Staff | 02.06.2018 @1:00pm
Apple Might Intentionally Put Inferior Chips in Its Devices

Apple is currently embroiled in a controversy that has sparked congressional investigators’ interest: did Apple intentionally slow down its devices and do consumers have a right to know why?

And while that controversy plays out on the national stage, Apple could be inching toward a decision that would slow its phones even further.

Currently, Apple uses two companies for its modem chips: Qualcomm and Intel. While Qualcomm has long been Apple’s chief chip supplier, Intel was brought on for the iPhone 7, and new reports indicate Apple may attempt to ditch Qualcomm altogether.

Why? The two companies are locked in a legal battle over patent royalties.

But more important to consumers: how will this impact the user’s experience? Mashable explains:

In a nutshell: Qualcomm modems are better because they offer faster download speeds. You want an iPhone with a Qualcomm modem.

As good as Intel modems are, Qualcomm’s are better. But if Apple only uses Intel modems, all iPhone users are going to suffer. Instead of getting the best modem available with the fastest download speed, Apple will make us all settle for second best.

 

Already facing public scrutiny over its decision to slow its devices to preserve battery life, Apple risks an intense backlash if it chooses to exclusively use an inferior chip supplier. And while no final decision has been made, the outcome of so-called “Battery-gate” could ultimately determine what Apple chooses to do about its chip suppliers.

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