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is said to be planning to reduce the reliance of the upcoming version of its smartwatch, likely to be called Apple Watch 3, on iPhones. According to a report in Bloomberg, "Apple Inc. is planning to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, a move designed to reduce the device's reliance on the iPhone, people familiar with the matter said."

10 things Apple didn't tell you about iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

10 things Apple didn't tell you about iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus

Wonder what's inside Apple's new iPhones? The innards that make the world's 'favourite gadgets' what they are? Recent teardowns reports by Chipworks, teardown.com and iFixit.com have revealed the names of the companies that provide some of the most important components of these smartphones. Also, Apple traditionally never discloses the battery, RAM and other such details too of iPhones. These teardowns reveal such specifications too. So, read on to know the 10 things that Apple didn't tell you about its all-new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus..

Intel inside

Apple's latest iPhones officially have Intel inside. According to a teardown by research companies Chipworks and teardown.com, both owned by TechInsights, Intel is the key supplier of LTE modems in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Intel reportedly has four components: baseband LTE modem, two transceivers and a power management chip.

Qualcomm modems

However, since Intel modems don't support CDMA, iPhone 7 versions using this technology sport Qualcomm's modems, according to Chipworks. As per a report in Forbes, "It appears that Qualcomm-equipped phones will be sold in the US (Verizon and Sprint), China, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, Intel-equipped phones will be sold in the US (AT&T and T-Mobile) and most other countries in the world."

TSMC processor

The A10 Fusion processor in the iPhone 7 is being single sourced from TSMC. According to Chipworks, Apple's part number for the A10 is APL1W24, 339S00255 vs the Apple A9, which was APL1022, 339S00129.


iPhone 7 has three microphones, one at the bottom of the phone and two at the top. The microphones at the bottom are said to have been sourced by Goertek and Knowles. As per iFixit teardown of iPhone 7 Plus, STMicroelectronics has also "scored design wins" into the device.

Flash memory from SK Hynix and Toshiba

As for flash memory, teardowns reveals marks of SK Hynix and Toshiba.

iSight camera: Sony

iPhone 7's iSight camera has a larger, F/1.8 aperture, as compared to the F/2.2 aperture used for iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The iSight camera chip was sourced from Sony and fabricated using its Exmor RS technology platform.

Touch-screen controller

According to Chipworks, the Touch Controller for iPhone 7 is manufactured by Universal Scientific Industries (USI) with markings O1 1R. It is the same as the iPhone 6S -- a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch layer that buzzes slightly when you press and hold the screen/static home button. Chipworks says that though no markings were found on the IC, it is believed to be of Analog Devices.

Wi-Fi: Murata

The Wi-Fi/Bluetooth socket has been won by Murata with a module part number 339S00199 as per Chipworks.

GPS: Broadcom

Broadcom too wins a slot in the iPhone 7 as per Chipworks. It possibly contains Sensor Hub functionality as well like BCM4773 & BCM4774 seen in Samsung devices.


According to iFixit's teardown, the battery is rated at 3.82 V and 2900mAh, for a total of 11.1 Wh, a slight upgrade over the 10.45 Wh (3.8 V, 2750mAh) of the 6s Plus, and on par with the 11.1 Wh, 2915mAh cell found in the 6 Plus.

The current versions of Apple Watch require users to sync it wireless with their iPhones to stream music, send messages and more while on the go. To cut this reliance, Apple is said to be adding LTE chips to its upcoming smartwatches. This will reportedly help Apple Watch models to conduct many tasks without an iPhone in range.

The report says that Apple has roped in the chip giant Intel to provide LTE chips for these smartwatches. The Bloomberg report also terms it a big win for the US-based chipmaker which it says "has been trying for years to get its components into more Apple mobile devices." Last year, Intel won a deal to supply cellular modems to Apple for some of its iPhone 7 smartphones.

US-based Qualcomm has been one of the key modem supplier for Apple. However, earlier this year Qualcomm sued Apple claiming that the iPhone maker infringed on six of its patents. These patents are said to include the technology that help improve iPhones' battery life.

According to the Bloomberg report, Apple Watch 3 models with LTE capability are "planned for release by the end of the year."

Apple launched Apple Watch Series 2 i September last year, during the unveiling of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus samrtphones. This year too, the new smartwatches may launch alongside the 2018 edition of iPhones in September.

Taking about Apple Watch at the company's recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the sales of the wearable device were up 50% in the June quarter. He also claimed that Apple Watch is the No. 1 smartwatch in the world by a huge margin.

The company, however, refused to share any sales number for its smartwatch.


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