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iPhone 7 teardown confirms Apple put Intel inside

A teardown confirms reports from earlier this year that Intel would supply components in some new iPhones, rather than rival Qualcomm.

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Apple makes its own processors but relies on others for some parts.

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A teardown of an Apple iPhone 7 has found an Intel mobile cellular platform inside.

Earlier this year, reports speculated that some versions of Apple's flagship phone would include an Intel wireless chip rather than one from Qualcomm. Apple makes its own processors for the brains of its devices, but companies like Qualcomm and Intel build components that connect the phone to wireless carriers' networks.

The teardown, published Thursday by Chipworks, also found Intel supplied two RF transceivers, which allow phones to send and receive information over radio frequencies. Chipworks, which is based in Ottawa, Canada, describes itself as offering reverse-engineering services to companies interested in patent monitoring.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went on sale Friday around the world.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.