When it comes to smartphones, many key areas are important to users: apps, price, battery life, and speed. Apple is expected to mark the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone’s release with complete design revision and other interesting changes already revealed to public. However where the speed is concerned there is some kind of uncertainty.
Due to ongoing legal proceeding against Qualcomm new iPhone models may not able to support gigabit LTE speeds. Apple and Qualcomm have been battling for a while until now – Apple accused chip maker of unfair insisting on charging royalties for technologies they had nothing to do with. Now Apple doesn't want to depend on only one supplier for such a crucial hardware component – the company will rely on both Qualcomm and Intel modems for its upcoming devices. While Qualcomm’s X16 LTE modem is capable of gigabit speeds, Intel is yet to announce such modem.
By the way, the top US wireless carriers, Verizon AT&T, T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp, have declared 2017 the year of gigabit speeds, and if they achieve this, Apple's upcoming devices may not be compatible.