Here's where it gets bad: Intel is currently working on a modem that can process data at one gigabit per second, but hasn't achieved that level of processing yet, and therefore won't be ready in time for the iPhone 8. To ensure that all iPhone 8s function with the same level of connectivity, Apple won't enable its Qualcomm modems to process data at the highest possible speeds. This means that the iPhone 8 will inevitably be slower than its main competitors -- Samsung's Galaxy S8 will use Qualcomm's X16 LTE modems exclusively, for example.
Apple's choice to source its modems from both companies -- like it did with the iPhone 7 -- is nothing new. But its relationship with Qualcomm is proving to be a stick in the mud as gigabit speeds are set to become the norm for major carriers. There is some good news afoot on the Apple horizon, however, such as a glut of new specs featured on iOS 11 that should make using your iPhone a little more sophisticated, even if it's still a tad slower than you'd like.