1. ItnStln511's Avatar
    I'm about to buy an unlocked iPhone 7 Plus from someone, and I just want to confirm that the A1661 model has the Qualcomm chip, and the A1784 has the Intel chip. Is this correct?
    11-21-2016 07:50 PM
  2. DLieSaS's Avatar
    Yes, sounds right! I don't think Apple has confirmed anything but that's "the word on the street"
    11-22-2016 01:54 AM
  3. ItnStln511's Avatar
    Yes, sounds right! I don't think Apple has confirmed anything but that's "the word on the street"
    I couldn't find anything specifically saying this, but I read that the unlocked, Verizon, and Sprint models used the Qualcomm chip, and that is the model number for one of them. I am buying one and wanted to make sure I was getting the best.
    11-22-2016 05:32 AM
  4. DLieSaS's Avatar
    As far as I know, Apple limits the "better" chip to the results of the "lesser" one so really it doesn't matter
    11-22-2016 05:46 AM
  5. ItnStln511's Avatar
    As far as I know, Apple limits the "better" chip to the results of the "lesser" one so really it doesn't matter
    I heard that about speed, but I thought that the Qualcomm got better reception than the Intel. Is this not correct?
    11-22-2016 06:02 AM
  6. DLieSaS's Avatar
    I heard that about speed, but I thought that the Qualcomm got better reception than the Intel. Is this not correct?
    I'm sorry, I don't know.
    11-22-2016 06:04 AM
  7. ItnStln511's Avatar
    I'm sorry, I don't know.
    No worries, at least you're honest!
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    11-22-2016 06:19 AM
  8. Ecm's Avatar
    I can't find the iMore article with the reference, but you can take a look at this. https://www.techwalls.com/iphone-7-p...l-differences/

    It seems to jibe with what I recall reading (somewhere) on iMore -- the biggest appreciable difference being the inclusion of support for most CDMA bands on the A1661 version.
    11-22-2016 07:54 AM
  9. ItnStln511's Avatar
    I can't find the iMore article with the reference, but you can take a look at this. https://www.techwalls.com/iphone-7-p...l-differences/

    It seems to jibe with what I recall reading (somewhere) on iMore -- the biggest appreciable difference being the inclusion of support for most CDMA bands on the [FONT="]A1661 version.[/FONT]
    Thanks! I saw something similar here http://www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/ but it doesn't list the Qualcomm versus Intel chips.
    Being bored sitting at my desk, I Googled it and found http://cellularinsights.com/iphone7/ which states that there are "two distinct RF SKUs, one limited to GSM/WCDMA/LTE support (A1778, A1784), powered by Intel’s modem, and one with GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE support (A1660, A1661) powered by Qualcomm’s modem."
    Another http://fortune.com/2016/10/20/apple-iphone-7-qualcomm-intel/ that I found said that "The results showed that, nearly across the board, the iPhone 7 with the Qualcomm modem made stronger connections to the network that the Intel-toting model. On average, the Qualcomm chip outperformed the Intel chip by 30%. At the extreme, in the weakest signal simulation, the Qualcomm chip performed 75% better." This link http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/...th-weak-signal seems to confirm that.
    Since I live in a fringe area I guess it is good that I got the A1661 model which appears to have the Qualcomm chip!
    11-22-2016 08:10 AM
  10. Ecm's Avatar
    Sounds like you're sorted then.

    My 7 Plus is the A1784. I've had no issues at all with signal or speed, even when I've been poor reception areas. Sometimes I think a recommendation based on specs can be a little picky. A difference that makes no difference isn't really a difference. Lol
    11-22-2016 08:16 AM
  11. ItnStln511's Avatar
    Sounds like you're sorted then.

    My 7 Plus is the A1784. I've had no issues at all with signal or speed, even when I've been poor reception areas. Sometimes I think a recommendation based on specs can be a little picky. A difference that makes no difference isn't really a difference. Lol
    Very true! I'm not concerned with the speed as much as I am the reception. Somewhere I read that the A1661 uses the same Qualcomm chip that the Samsung Galaxy S7 uses, and my work issued S7 gets great reception where I live. Who knows, I might be making something out of nothing...
    11-22-2016 08:35 AM
  12. dpham00's Avatar
    I heard that about speed, but I thought that the Qualcomm got better reception than the Intel. Is this not correct?
    Just slightly better in signal strength and speed based on what i read.
    11-22-2016 08:55 AM
  13. ItnStln511's Avatar
    Just slightly better in signal strength and speed based on what i read.
    Hopefully the "slightly better" will allow me to get reception where I live, like I do with my 6S and Galazy S7.
    11-22-2016 09:26 AM
  14. Tarah Sorber's Avatar
    My iPhone is A1661 unlocked Verizon model that i use on At&t with no issues what so ever.
    11-23-2016 07:55 AM
  15. ItnStln511's Avatar
    My iPhone is A1661 unlocked Verizon model that i use on At&t with no issues what so ever.
    Awesome, because I just purchased an unlocked A1661 and it'll be here Friday!
    11-23-2016 10:04 AM
  16. jorge Hewitson's Avatar
    60/61 Qualcomm chip and 78/84 has intel chip
    11-23-2016 07:54 PM
  17. ItnStln511's Avatar
    60/61 Qualcomm chip and 78/84 has intel chip
    Thanks! Too bad Apple doesn't list this on their site.
    11-24-2016 06:49 AM

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