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iPhone 7 Will Have 4G LTE Modem Chips Built By Intel

The release of the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus) is about six months away, and new information about Apple’s latest smartphone trickles in every day. Today, MacRumors has information on the LTE modem chip that will be used in the iPhone 7.

“Intel reportedly has 1,000 or more employees working on preparing the Intel 7360 LTE modem for the iPhone 7 lineup. The 7360 LTE modem chip [PDF] from Intel features faster theoretical downlink speeds up to 450 Mbps, uplink speeds up to 100 Mbps, and support for LTE category 10 and 29 LTE bands overall.”

The article adds that this means the iPhone 7 could have even faster LTE speeds for internet browsing, downloading apps, streaming videos, and other data-intensive tasks. Although this news has caused a lot of excitement, some of the commenters on the MacRumors forums weren’t too thrilled.

“In a world where people upgrade their phone every 2-3 years, a 450Mbps LTE chip doesn’t make for much of a selling point. No carrier is going to get anywhere close that during the lifetime of the device,” claims Macduke.

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be very different from the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. [Photo by Cole Bennetts for Getty Images]

This news comes just two days after Newsweek revealed new information about Apple’s flagship smartphone.

“Apple’s next flagship smartphone, presumably called the iPhone 7, will be thinner and will feature stereo speakers for the first time, according to new leaks,” claimed author Anthony Cuthbertson.

He added that iPhone 7 will be 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s, measuring 6.1mm in thickness. The new iPhone will allegedly do away with the protruding camera bump as well. This news comes after several reports indicate that Apple will do away with the headphone jack. The move has been controversial. However, BGR believes the removal of the 3.5mm jack is a brilliant idea.

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The iPhone 7 won’t have a physical headphone jack, but will likely come with an adapter. [Photo via Daryl Deino]

BGR quotes a San Francisco designer who believes that removing the headphone jack will allow for a thinner design as well as more screen space. It also makes it possible for Apple to remove the Home button, which he argues is good. However, not everybody is happy about Apple’s alleged plans to remove the headphone jack. Approximately 298,000 people have already signed a petition against Apple’s plans at the Some of Us petition site. The mission statement is pretty harsh.

“Apple is about to rip off every one of its customers. Again. Forbes and FastCompany are reporting that Apple plans to ditch the standard 3.5mm headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7 later this year. Only a massive international campaign can force Apple to change course now.”

The petition adds that not only will removing the jack force iPhone users to need more cash to replace their hi-fi headphones but that the wired headphones that won’t work with the new iPhone will now create mountains of electronic waste. The petition doesn’t mention that there will likely be an optional adapter for the iPhone 7 that allows people to still use their wired headphones.

Still, the iPhone 7 has caused massive excitement on Twitter.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have stiff competition from Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Plus. By that time, the Galaxy Note 6 will be available as well. Are you excited for the iPhone 7? Let us know in the comments section.

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