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iPhone 11 lineup found to be using Intel modems

By Cookie Monster - on 19 Sep 2019, 12:33am

iPhone 11 lineup found to be using Intel modems

The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

Apple continues to use Intel modems for its latest iPhone 11 models despite signing a multi-year chipset supply deal with Qualcomm.

PCMag confirmed through its field test screens that the iPhone 11 models use Intel modems. The publication shared that Intel and Qualcomm-based devices have different menu configurations for the field test screens.

We figured this out because the field test menus on Intel-based and Qualcomm-based iPhones have different menu items, and the menu items have stayed consistent through the generations. (I checked on models from the 6s generation up to the XR.) 

According to Apple, there is one model of each of the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max sold in the US. With one of each device in hand, I went to the field test mode and found that it had an Intel layout.

While the field test information does not reveal the type of Intel modem used in the iPhone 11, PCMag believes it is likely to be the XMM 7660 modem. It expects the iPhone 11 lineup to have 20% faster LTE speeds than the previous generation. However, the iPhone 11 will be slower than the Pro models as it has 2x2 MIMO instead of 4x4 MIMO.

Apple and Qualcomm agreed to end their bitter legal dispute in April and sign a multi-year chipset supply deal.Following that announcement, Intel announced that it would be exiting the 5G smartphone modem market. Apple confirmed in July that it would acquire Intel's smartphone modem business.

Source: PCMag via MacRumors

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