Apple throttles some iPhone 7 units
There are many models in the iPhone 7 family, and on the paper, they differ in size, screen, camera, color and storage. However, it seems like all of the units have the same performance with each other. Well, that is not true. After the reports about the performance difference between 32GB model and the other high-end models, the new report ( by Bloomberg ) indicates that different iPhone 7 models are using different modems. But the iPhone 7s with faster chips are being throttled.
Technically, Verizon and Sprint iPhone 7 models are capable of downloading a data faster than AT&T and T-Mobile versions. That is because the modem used on Verizon models are supplied by Qualcomm whereas the other units come with an Intel modem. On the paper, Qualcomm X12 modem outperforms the Intel XMM 3360 chip. However, in real life, both versions of iPhone 7 perform about the same.
This is a result of Apple’s intentional throttling over the faster models. Even though it looks like Apple does not want you to use Verizon or Sprint, the real reason is different.
While Apple wanted to decrease the general cost ( by having two chip sources ), they also wanted different versions to be as similar as possible. As a result, they would avoid angering the AT&T and T-Mobile users by suppling them with slower phones.
Even though the chip used on the Verizon model is being prevented from reaching its full capacities, it is still fast. Furthermore, even the Qualcomm modem could reach its full speed, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the Qualcomm and the Intel modem. That is because we are mostly talking about seconds or sometimes, about millisecond.