Dec 4, 2019

Qualcomm CEO: Launching 5G iPhone As Fast As Possible Is #1 Priority

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit this week, as per PCMag, that Apple and Qualcomm are collaborating to launch a new 5G iPhone as quick as possible.


Getting the iPhone launched on time is the key aim of Qualcomm's renewed relationship with Apple, as Amon have said. While reports saying Apple 5G iPhone will be released in the autumn of 2020, rumors have it that not every iPhone will support the two types of 5G technology in work, mmWave and sub- 6 G Hz 5G.

Although 5G iPhone will include Qualcomm modems, it may not implement all of the chipmaker's RF front end, a decision intended to ensure the phone ready for time, as Apple's iPhone development cycles are long enough that when the two companies agreed to bury the hatchet last April, it could be too late to reinvent the radio Path of the 5G iPhone to integrate the RF front end of Qualcomm.

Apple, instead, is expected to utilize its own technology and hardware alongside the Qualcomm modems in its 2020 iPhone series, something which the company has also done in previous years, but the company will also need to use Qualcomm's millimeter wave antenna modules as it is the only components that work with Verizon and AT&T's 5G networks right now.

mmWave is the fastest 5G technology, but given its limited range, it's likely to be limited to major cities and urban areas. Sub-6GHz 5G, as its name implies, will be able to be used in suburban and rural areas, though it will slower than mmWave 5G, it will still offer speeds faster than 4G LTE, Therefore, real 5G is really the combination of sub 6 and millimeter wave, that’s what is going to happen on a global scale, Amon predicts.

Top-of-the-line phones is to expect to adopt both the mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G, while budget Apple smartphones may be limited to the Sub-6GHz networks.

Apple is rumored to launch iPhones with 6.7-inch, 6.1-inch, and 5.4-inch OLED displays.

Image Via Forbes

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