Apr 3, 2019

Fast Company: Apple Might Not Release iPhone 5G In 2020 After All

Fast Company is out with a new article this evening that says Apple may not release a 5G iPhone next year, as Intel is struggling to develop the XMM 8160 5G modem. Though Intel has promised to ship the chip in the second half of 2019 and deliver to Apple in early next year, Fast Company cast some doubts on whether they will make it to those target dates.


As of now Apple plans to release a 5G iPhone in 2020. But an increasingly stormy relationship with its 5G modem supplier Intel could prevent that from happening.

The chip giant was to be the sole provider of the 5G modems in the 2020 iPhones, too, but it has been missing deadlines for the development of the chip, the XMM 8160 5G modem, a source with knowledge of the situation says.
Apple, meanwhile, also seeking other suppliers for the 5G moderns, however, companies like MediaTek and Samsung might not have chips ready for 2020. Though reports have suggested Apple is in the process of developing its own modem chips in-house that reduce reliance on those chipmakers, but some don't expect to be coming out in 2020. Consider its relationship with Qualcomm, we don't think Apple will deliver new orders to Qualcomm anytime soon.

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