Back in February, we heard a rumor Apple invests in creating its own modems. The report suggested that Apple's modem partner Intel does not deliver Apple's needs, so the company wants to take the lead and phase out Intel.
Now, according to a new report from Fast Company, Apple has significantly increased its efforts when it comes to creating its own smart phone modems. This information is linked to the suggestion that Apple's relationship with Intel has grown significantly sour.
Apple is already making it its own mobile processors for the iPhone, but to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, it mostly relied on it Qualcomm for cellular modems. However, Apple and Qualcomm are involved bitter legal battles around the world, and now refuses to sell Qualcomm modems to Apple.
This sales embargo couldn't be worse for Apple, as the company needs a 5G modem for a future 5G iPhone. From now on, Qualcomm is almost the only company Apple needs. Previously, Apple hoped Intel could compare something that a 5G iPhone could get in the market, but it doesn't seem to happen.
Instead, Apple now has between 1,000 and 2,000 engineers working on the modem project, many of which were hired by Intel and Qualcomm. This development effort strained the relationship between Apple and Intel, with Intel CEO. He probably wondered why his company is working with Apple.
For what it is worth, Intel is confident that it can deliver a 5G Apple modem by 2020: "As we said in November 2018, Intel plans to launch client device launch in 2020 with its XMM 8160 5G multi-modem modem, "said Intel's representative. Fast Company.
However, Apple does not clearly share Intel's optimism.
If Apple is actually going alone, we probably won't see a 5G enabled iPhone until 2021, and Apple will be behind its Android competitors for two years. Granted, the future 5G networks will still be mature, so Apple can't hurt too much in the long run. However, it will be a tough PR situation with Apple that has to figure out how to play the lack of 5G support with not only the iPhones expected in 2019, but also in 2020.
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