A report from the fast company has revealed that tech giant Apple will not unveil any of the 5G ready iPhones before 2020. The reports besides this, also claim that the firm is dependent over Intel to supply 5G modems. Intel has been in partnership with the Cupertino giant since 2015, and the latest iPhone lineup was the first where Intel modems were exclusively used for its phones.
As per the reports, the first 5G iPhone to be launched by Apple in 2020 will run on Intel’s 8161 5G modem chip, and Apple will use another Intel modem, the 8060 chip to test 5G compliance. The reports from the fast company have claimed that the modems by Intel are generating higher-than-normal levels of heat. These levels of heat generated by the modems will compromise the battery performance of iPhone.
It is not that only Intel is manufacturing and developing 5G modems for smartphones. Qualcomm and MediaTek are the other two firms that have a good presence in the market and are also manufacturing 5G enabled chipsets. However, the Android smartphone manufacturers that are using Qualcomm’s X50 chip, the millimeter-wave 5G network are also witnessing heating issues.
For the iPhone-ready 5G modems, Apple is not willing to break its ties with Intel, but the company is looking forward to MediaTek and is in talks with the Chinese chipmaker that can be considered as “Plan B.”
Meanwhile, Intel has told The Verge that it would remain committed to its 5G projects. The chipmaker was quoted saying that its “5G customer engagements and roadmap have not changed for 2018 through 2020.”