Apple looks set to change 4G modem suppliers for its upcoming iPhone 7, after smartphone component-maker Qualcomm revealed to investors that it was set to lose a major supplier.
The news sent Qualcomm shares tumbling overnight. It’s believed that rival Intel will instead supply the part needed to connect the iPhone 7 to the internet.
Apple doesn’t rely on Qualcomm for its processors, which it instead designs itself and manufactures through third parties in Asia. However, the San Diego–based company is largely reliant on Apple and Samsung for the bulk of its orders.
The news comes as reports continue to suggest that the iPhone 7 will offer no more than a minor upgrade on 2015’s iPhone 6s.
Analysts and supply-chain sources continue to claim that Apple is instead working on a major overhaul of its iPhone range for release in 2017 instead.
The iPhone 7 is expected to feature a slimmer frame, thanks to the exclusion of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as a new dual lens camera.
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