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The iPhone 8 is technically a gigabit LTE phone

The iPhone 8 is technically a gigabit LTE phone
From Engadget - September 22, 2017

First up, Apple itself did not mention the feature in its technical spec sheet. The latest iPhones offer support for more LTE bands and networks (depending on your model) than ever before, but the company certainly does not list that the device supports gigabit LTE.

Samsung's Galaxy S8, Note 8 phones and even the Essential phone all pack gigabit LTE modems, ready to go. It will be a mainstay of nearly all new phones going forward, and Apple's new phone, available today, starts behind its biggest competitor. Phone carriers have not initiated the roll-out of this next-generation LTE. However, all the major US phone networks are all promising to launch gigabit LTE services by the end of 2017.

So what gives? Sources suggest that Apple tapped both Qualcomm and Intel for modems for this year's iPhones. Because of this, Bloomberg sources, back in June, suggested that any gigabit LTE functionality would be disabled, as some phones would be compatible, those with Qualcomm modems, while others (with Intel modems) would not. Intel does have a gigabit LTE modem in the works -- it apparently was not ready for this round of iPhones.

There's also some corporate politics here. In the middle of several of legal scuffles, Qualcomm has alleged that Apple would prevent Qualcomm-equipped iPhones from performing at full capacity so they would work just like Intel versions.

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