Can such an aggressive timeline be met?
According to the latest rumors, the next iPhone models in 2020 should have a 5G chip from Qualcomm. Last April, Apple, and Qualcomm buried the hatchet and managed to find common ground for resolving their differences.
A licensing agreement has been signed between the two companies for the next six years so that Apple can use Qualcomm’s 5G chips in its future iPhone.
In parallel, last July, Apple bought the modem division of Intel for $1 billion. This acquisition will allow Apple to accelerate for several years, designing its own modem chips and integration into its mobile devices.
Apple 5G chip signed in 2022
According to a new Fast Company report, Apple would target 2022 to integrate its first internally designed 5G modem chip. This would have several benefits, including optimizing performance, with a component that is thought to work optimally with iOS.
Designing a powerful 5G modem chip, however, is a complicated task; it will take some time, even with this redemption of Intel’s modem business.
Based on the performance of the AX chips that are far superior to the competition, we imagine that the 5G Apple chip could be a step above the other 5G chips.
Besides, this would allow Apple to no longer be dependent on a provider like Qualcomm and offer an iPhone with better performance 5G.
In the meantime, the 2020 models would be the first to integrate a 5G chip from Qualcomm, but also maybe from Samsung.
Apple should never be underestimated, the Californian firm sees the bigger picture, and they are always predefined several years in advance. Before using its own 5G modems, Apple will trust Qualcomm next year, since the provider has been designated as the best one to provide 5G modems for the upcoming iPhone 12.
The Californian firm will need Qualcomm, but not in the long term since the replacement would already be provided for 2022 – by its own 5G modems.
Apple’s team is working hard to make it happen
One thing is sure that the Apple team that deals with the future Apple 5G modem, has got an immense pressure to deal with (as everyone else is moving too fast in the 5G race). The rumors sat, thought, Apple engineers have already completed the design phase and have stepped into the next stage, the production, to carry out the first experiments.
If that’s the case, Apple is moving at a fine pace for 5G domination and should be all good by 2022. The advantage of producing its own 5G modems for Apple would be to save costs as third-parties like Qualcomm or Intel could cost the firm more.
Let’s see whether they will be ready by 2022; if not, Apple will have to extend its agreement with Qualcomm.
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