The chipset maker announced on Monday it’s countersuing Apple in response to a lawsuit from earlier this year. In a 139-page Answer & Counterclaims document, Qualcomm denies any wrongdoing and slams Apple on several accounts. Not all iPhone 7’s are equal. You see, while all iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (doesn’t matter where in the world it’s sold) are identical on the outside, the insides aren’t quite the same.
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are Apple’s first iPhones to use baseband modems from both Qualcomm and Intel. In the years prior to the iPhone 7, Qualcomm was the only supplier of baseband modems for the iPhone.
The difference between an iPhone with Qualcomm and Intel baseband modems is pretty significant. Bottom line: According to very credible reports, the Qualcomm modem performs better. Like, much better.
As first discovered by Cellular Insights back in October 2016, there’s an easy way to tell which modem your iPhone 7 has. If you’ve got a Verizon, Sprint, or unlocked iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, your phone has a Qualcomm modem, which is technically superior to Intel’s. And if you’ve got a T-Mobile or AT&T iPhone 7, you’ve got an Intel modem.