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Apple’s iPhone 8 to Miss Out on Gigabit LTE Networks: Report

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The iPhone 8, the next installment of Apple’s smartphone, is due out this fall, but according to new reports it appears that the device won’t support faster Gigabit LTE networks.

According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple isn’t currently planning to support next-generation Gigabit LTE networks. That’s obviously a big deal, since U.S. wireless carriers are beginning to roll out the much faster networks around the U.S. this year.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and other carriers have promised to introduce a new generation of wireless data later in the year, offering speeds as high as a gigabit per second – around fifty times faster than typically available today. However, it appears that this speed won’t be supported in the iPhone 8, even if the modems it contains are compatible.

“The reason stems from the delicate and sometimes complicated way Apple manages the supply of the components embedded in its flagship device – in this case, the modems, which handle the connection between a phone and the cellular network,” reads the report.

“One of Apple’s suppliers, Qualcomm, sells a modem capable of the 1 gigabit download speeds. Another supplier, Intel, is working on a modem with the same capability, but it won’t be ready for the iPhone’s introduction, according to people familiar with Apple’s decision,” the report continues.

Apple could just rely on Qualcomm’s modem, Bloomberg pointed out, but the tech giant and the chipmaker obviously have a rocky relationship, as Apple has accused its supplier of maintaining an illegal monopoly.

Apple isn’t going to enable some of the capabilities phones using the Qualcomm chip have until Intel is able to offer chips with the same features.

It might not matter much in 2017 as carriers are still working to activate next-generation networks, but it’ll matter over the lifetime of the phone for folks who keep their iPhone for two years or more.

Apple did not immediately respond to Bloomberg‘s request for comment. Qualcomm denied comment.

In Canada, Bell has quad band LTE-A capable of up to 750 Mbps download speeds, but few devices are able to take advantage of these speeds, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Aside from Gigabit download speeds for wireless networks–is your wallet ready to pay for these premium networks? Data buckets seem to get more and more expensive as faster networks appear.

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  • Kevin D.

    The iPhone 7 is already LTE-A at theoretically 450 Mbps and so I don’t see why the iPhone 8 wouldn’t have a better chip. Especially if they’re coming out with a 7S and 7S Plus alongside, the iPhone 8 should be superior.

  • Tim

    If I wanted to go through all of my 3gb of data, I could already do so in about 10 minutes or less. Speed isn’t really the issue.

  • Joe

    The problem in Canada isn’t network speeds. Our networks are theoretically capable of much, much faster speeds than they currently deliver. The problem is density and load balancing. And of course the fact that the big 3 are price gouging psychopaths.

  • Mamba

    There will not be a 7S and 7S+. In fact, I’m going as far as saying, Apple will revert back to just one iPhone, starting with this up coming version.

    If you think about all the leaks so far, and assuming most of them are true, it makes total sense: A form factor right in between the current versions, with a screen size that’s bigger than the Plus; The low supply of OLED panels, which in turn makes it more ideal to focus all supplies towards one size and not two; The lack of ANY leaks for a Plus size model up to this point in time, when production will be underway very soon; The lack of special features that has been reported, and lack of truly innovative technologies in recent years, that could effectively be split onto two versions of iPhones, and still maintain the “want” factor; The increasing cost of components to produce two versions of iPhones and still maintain a healthy profit margin according to Apple’s standards; Apple’s slowly but surely expanding product lineups, where Apple might want more focus on, which could be achieved by turning some of the attention away from the iPhone – a product that basically sells itself at this point.

    These are some of the main points which leads me to think Apple will go back to making one version of iPhone, but I don’t think many people will agree with me, though.

  • Kevin D.

    Leaks show a screen size between the 4.7 and the 5.5 so I’m estimating a 5 inch screen for the iPhone 8.

  • Mamba

    Latest rumor has it at 5.8, just look at the picture above.

  • Kevin D.

    They better make a smaller version because I want a phone, not a tablet. I find the PLUS too big so bigger than that is useless. It’s nice that they have two different sizes for the past years, people can choose.

  • Mamba

    ….that’s why the next iPhone is rumored to be smaller than the 7+, slightly bigger than the 7, but with a bigger screen than both.

    You basically provided another reason why I think Apple will go back to one iPhone size. They realized now, after a few years of making the Plus, that people really don’t want a phablet, as shown by their biggest competitor Samsung’s Galaxies – bigger screens, smaller phone.

    And yeah, it’s great to have choices, but this is Apple we’re talking about here. They don’t give us much to choose from.

  • Kevin D.

    Of course Apple does, 3 memory sizes at an unjustified premium price each lol

  • Mamba

    Lol

  • raslucas

    I’m not so concerned about gigabit LTE as I am about Band 66. As long as the next iPhone supports band 66, I’ll be happy.

    I’m not a freedom mobile customer, but I just think that every time Freedom gains a competitive advantage, the others offer good deals…

    Also if you have a 500MB plan… gigabit LTE that you cannot turn off, besides switching to just 3G… is practically a scam… you could potentially fly though it so quick…

  • Steve

    That doesn’t make any sense to skip the 7S and go directly to the 8. The incremental upgrade to the 7S is an EASY cash grab for Apple. They could do an early 2018 summer launch for the 8. They definitely should eliminate the 4.7 model, and just make a 5.5 with a smaller form factor and edge-to-edge screen (ala Galaxy S8).

  • Ron

    I was the same way. Thought the 5.5 Plus was big too. BUT that was until I got used to it’s size. It just takes a couple of weeks to get used to it. I won’t ever go back to the tiny 4.7 version. By the way, Apple will most likely get rid of the 4.7 with the iPhone 8, and shrink the body size of the 5.5, like the Galaxy S8. So you get the best of both worlds, huge screen with smaller body.

  • Kevin D.

    I use my phone one handed most of the times and i know I’m not the only one. And unless you are over 6 foot tall, there’s no way you can do that with the PLUS. I will never buy a 5.5 or over, on top of it, that thing don’t even fit in my pockets…. Apple will just lose customers by getting rid of the smaller size.

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