The iPhone 8 might be the most eagerly anticipated smartphone of all time but a new report could make you think twice before buying one.
Despite Apple not being expected to unveil its anniversary iPhone until September, the iPhone 8 may already be lagging behind its Android rivals when it is finally released.
A new report from Bloomberg claims the iPhone 8 will not include support for the next generation Gigabit LTE networks, which delivers super high speed internet.
Typically 4G LTE offers speeds from 5 Mbps to 100 Mbps, depending on your network and location.
However, Gigabit LTE will be able to reach speeds of between 500 Mbps and 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps), meaning you’ll be able to download an entire movie in just a couple of seconds.
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 smartphone which was released earlier this year already supports Gigabit LTE and it is expected Samsung’s Note 8, which is tipped to be released in August will do too.
This is a big deal for anyone who is considering to buy the iPhone 8, especially in a country with advanced network coverage such as in the U.S., South Korea or Singapore, for example.
In the U.S., wireless carriers have already announced plans to roll out Gigabit LTE networks later this year, which according to Bloomberg, users with an iPhone 8 won’t be able to use.
While this may not be an issue initially, it will become an issue over the lifespan of the iPhone 8 as Gigabit LTE becomes more readily available.
The apparent reason why the iPhone 8 won’t support Gigabit LTE is because Apple decided to source chips from Intel rather than Qualcomm. While Qualcomm chips already offer support for Gigabit LTE, Intel chips won’t until 2018.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that shares of Apple Inc fell more than 3 percent on Friday following the release of the Bloomberg report.
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