iPhone 7 + Intel Modem - Loss of signal connectivity, Horror for many

When the whole wide world mooed about the arrival of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, little did they know that it could be a nightmare with its newly adopted Intel Modem for AT&T and T-Mobile variants. With the launch of the new iPhone in September 2016, every user wanted an upgrade and switch to the newer version. With its new camera features and sleek look, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus did catch the attention of its well worshiped customers, but was it worth a catch? It needs a discussion.



It is said that there is a very less change in iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from that of iPhone 6S which was launched in September 2015. With iPhone 7 and 7 Plus having a better camera feature, improvised headphone jack and a new home button, Apple tried to go wireless. But, for a difference, they chose to experiment the launch of its new mobile with Intel Modem, while Qualcomm Modem was the host for a decade for various android and iOS mobiles.

It is reported that after various tests, iPhone model A1778 and A1784 with Intel Modem is a failure in terms of the LTE connections. In simple words, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with Intel Modem refuses to work on CDMA networks and this has been bothering most of the customers around the globe. This being an issue, most of them started complaining to their network provider about the low network coverage without realising that their new iPhone is at fault.

Not only there is an issue with the connectivity in the low or marginal LTE coverage areas, but it also reduces the performance of the mobile when compared to the earlier releases. Qualcomm Modem outran Intel Modem by 30 % in overall performances and 75 % when the signal was at its weakest.  It’s reported that iPhones with Qualcomm Modem are equipped for longer days when compared to the ones with Intel Modems.

From the available iPhone options, the 32 GB iPhone 7 with Intel Modem is significantly slower than the other expensive versions. It is itemised that it is slow in performance with very poor 4G reception resulting in slower download and upload speed. It is also stated that, it significantly writes 8 times slower than that of the 128 GB version.

Given that Qualcomm Modem being the host for a decade now to Apple, they wanted to cut the cost in things that the customers couldn’t physically see and invest more in display that customers are constantly aware of. Intel being remotely into the mobile chip making business, it has agreed to work with a low cost in order to make a re-entry. Concentrating more on design in order to please the customers, Apple has made a compromise in the processors, giving out a not-so-worthy product with Intel Modem.

Though there isn’t much difference from the earlier iPhone launches other than the above mentioned, its the customer’s decision to purchase the new iPhone smartly by making the best use of their money invested.

Collaborator: Roshan Dhanasekar

Author Bio

Tripti Chordia



Tripti Chordia, is the CMO at doodleblue, a mobile app development company providing creative technology solutions to its clients. She completed her masters from Leeds in Advertising & Marketing and has worked at a few media houses prior  to doodleblue. Tripti is responsible for online strategy and creative digital marketing  campaigns for doodleblue. 

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