According to recent reports from Bloomberg, it seems that there is a very good chance that the iPhone 8 will be substantially slower in data speeds than the Samsung Galaxy S8 due to Apple’s legal dispute with Qualcomm.
The legal case as far as it stands now will ensure that the iPhone 8 won’t be getting gigabit data speeds for over a year at least.
Gigabit data speeds are estimated to be available in the U.S by the end of the year. The largest carriers in the country like Verizon and AT&T have already confirmed that they will be adopting this technology soon.
Samsung has already planned to embrace the new technology by integrating a modem in its Galaxy S8 that can reach about 50 times the speed of normal modems. In fact, the Galaxy S8 is said to be the first phone that is capable of tapping into this new technology. The only factor that remains is whether the carriers will allow it, although as it stands, the future for the Galaxy S8 looks very hopeful indeed.
Apple unfortunately has landed before a huge obstacle due to its legal dispute with Qualcomm. About two months ago, Qualcomm countersued Apple for it not using their modems to their fullest potential. According to Qualcomm, since Apple buys modems from both Intel and them, they need to ensure that both perform similarly for the end users. Intel it seems won’t be offering Gigabit LTE in its chips until the next year.Due to this, Apple has been alleged to not use their Qualcomm modems as they are substantially faster.
The Snapdragon 835, which is Qualcomm’s latest chip, features the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem. It is capable of providing extremely high download and upload speeds with the upcoming Gigabit LTE. The new technology is capable of attaining speeds of 1 gigabit per second at its peak which is extraordinarily higher than what we are used to today. The LTE stands for long term evolution and actually be seen on the upper hand corner of your phone if you use 4G. The Gigabit LTE might be the last upgrade based on our current 4G technology before 5G gets developed. Of course, some have already started branding gigabit LTE as 5G, but technically that is not the case as it still belongs in the 4G current wireless technology space.
Despite the consequences of their legal dispute, Apple doesn’t seem to be that concerned about the future of the iPhone 8 as far as them not offering gigabit speeds. After all, history has proven that such shortcomings have never affected their sales.
The original iPhone for example, was launched in 2007 with no 3G support. 4G speeds were adopted only in 2012, which was about a year after Samsung adopted the new technology. However, these factors never impacted the sale of Apple products.
How will the future pan out for Apple? Will the two giants clash over the new technology? Our only option for now is to wait and see.