While anticipation builds for the iPhone 8, it seems that Apple is deciding against future proofing the phone for upcoming carriers.
Apple has always marched to the beat of its own drum when it comes to what technology does and doesn't make it into its iPhone product line. Now, as carriers prepare to roll out gigabit service across the country which will allow for faster speeds, Apple is reportedly choosing to forego the required technology for now.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has decided to not include gigabit data speeds this year due to supply chain issues. The Cupertino-based company doesn't like to put all its eggs in one basket so it uses cellular modems from both Qualcomm and Intel. While Qualcomm has a modem capable of gigabit support, Intel has not year released one. This would mean that Apple would have to completely rely upon Qualcomm, a company that it is currently involved in a legal fight with over accusations the modem maker operates an illegal monopoly on modem technology.
This is certain to put Apple on uneven ground this year as carriers will not want to wait on boasting about their new speeds. And once the carriers do begun those marketing campaigns, phones such as the Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 will look that much more tempting as both will be supporting those new capabilities.
Apple has bypassed the newest tech in phones before dating all the way back to the original iPhone which did not offer support for 3G networks. The difference now is that consumers are becoming more and more obsessed with speed as their phones become their primary way of connecting to the internet. If they are the least bit on the fence about what new phone to pick up, and they see a phone getting Gigabit speeds, it could be the deciding factor in which handset they go home with.
We can see why Apple wouldn't want to be dependent on just one supplier, especially one it is facing in court, but it may end up being a downfall for the company this time around.
Check out some of the iPhone 8 leaks and renders in the gallery below for a taste of what we may see this fall.