According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, faster LTE speeds will be coming to the 2018 iPhone lineup. In a new note (via MacRumors) Kuo said that the new phones will offer Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X20 modems.
Kuo's recent guess on the 2018 lineup of iPhones.
Here’s more from his note:
New baseband chips from Intel & Qualcomm will significantly boost transmission speed of new 2H18 iPhone models thanks to supporting 4×4 MIMO antenna design: We believe that 2H18 new iPhones will upgrade baseband chips from Intel’s XMM 7480 and Qualcomm’s MDM 9655 in 2H17 to Intel’s XMM 7560 and Qualcomm’s SDX 20. As both new chips support 4×4 MIMO technology, compared to only 2×2 MIMO in 2H17, we anticipate LTE transmission speeds will increase significantly. We believe Intel will supply Apple with 70-80% or more of required baseband chips.
The analyst also believes that the new iPhone models will offer dual-SIM dual standby that should also other improvements:
2H18 iPhone models won’t only offer faster LTE transmission speed: We predict that at least one of the 2H18 new iPhone models will support dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS). Unlike existing DSDS phones, which commonly support LTE+3G connections, we believe next-generation iPhone models will support LTE+LTE connections, in a bid to enhance the user experience.
Earlier this week, Kuo said that Apple is preparing an interesting lineup for 2018.
Along with a second-generation iPhone X with a 5.8-inch display, he believes we’ll also see a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus” and a lower-cost iPhone model that will sport a 6.1-inch screen with traditional LCD screen technology.