Published: Пт, Июля 06, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Apple Won't Use Intel 5G Modem for 2020 iPhone

Apple Won't Use Intel 5G Modem for 2020 iPhone

Seeing as how Apple was supposed to be the primary benefactor of said chips, the team working on it has reportedly been reassigned to other internal projects. However, at some point Apple changed its mind, telling Intel it will not rely upon its modems in those devices. The device, a 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth product, was specifically designed for Apple's future smartphones and other mobile devices.

The executives believe Apple's decision not to use Intel chips was the result of "many factors", including its interest in even faster connectivity options.

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Apple has notified Intel it would not use a mobile modem developed by the chipmaker in its next-generation mobile device, Intel executives said in the communications. At least not for iPhones with 5G. But a report a few days ago said that MediaTek is looking to win Apple orders for 5G modems. It is said to be developing its own modem chips internally, but until those are ready, it will have to use third-party solutions.

It's not a bad thing if Intel were to exit making "baseband" modem chips altogether, he writes, and perhaps the recent departure of Brian Krzanich from the top spot will produce a new leader with "a better ear for our call to exit" that business. But it's likely that the 5G phone business will begin to pick up speed in the coming years: Strategy Analytics recently said it expects the first 5G commercial handsets to go on sale starting in early 2019, but the firm also said 5G handsets will only account for 5% of global handset sales by 2021. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic. If Apple were to make its own chip, it wouldn't need to buy chips from Qualcomm, as it now does for the majority of iPhones, but may still need to pay licensing fees depending on the result of the legal battle. When combined with the latest report, it does look like Apple is planning to drop Intel for good.

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