- Apple’s plans to ship a 5G iPhone in 2020 might be delayed 5G Speed in India
- Intel is said to be struggling to supply 5G modems
- Apple could tap MediaTek or Samsung, or speed up its in-house efforts
According to a report by UBS, Apple plans to launch a 5G-capable iPhone in 2020, its goals for the Intel 5G modem cannot be missed. Apple is already behind in other companies including Samsung and Huawei, who have already shown the 5G-enabled versions of their latest flagship. It was already expected that in 2019 there will be no 5G-enabled iPhone, but according to this report, the company cannot be able to release such devices in 2020, if it is in its usual September launch time-frame, Because Intel is unlikely to prepare its modem in time.
According to 9to5Mac, investors have been claimed in the UBS note that Apple is actually targeting 2021 for its first 5G iPhone launch, but also believes that the goal is a technical hurdle. Although it would be a short-term fall in Apple’s sales for Apple, the Swiss investment bank believes that the firm’s loyal user base and services will help users to maintain a strong portfolio. The 5G network outside the big cities is time-consuming.
Currently, Apple 5G modem producer, Qualcomm is locked in many legal disputes around the world, which has led to increased dependence on Intel. The company has said that it would prefer for several suppliers and would split its orders between Qualcomm and Intel but stopped using Qualcomm chips several years ago. Recently Apple was forced to stop selling old iPhone models in some countries after Qualcomm won the legal injunction on allegations of intellectual property infringement.
According to the UBS note, the only other option for Apple is MediaTek and Samsung. However, about MediaTek’s efforts, it is also said that they are not ready to meet Apple’s requirements. The report says that Apple is not ready to partner with Samsung, the 9to5Mac note is eager because the Korean giant has supplied Apple with many components including display, DRAM and flash memory for many years.
In a previous research note in the investment consultancy firm Cowen, it was suggested that Samsung will not give favorable pricing to Apple, which would be more likely. At the beginning of this month, a report of Taiwan Electronic Times claimed that Samsung is ready to work with Apple, but will not be able to supply enough amount of 5G modem chips.
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According to a separate report by Fast Company, Apple lost confidence in Intel’s ability to deliver chips on time for the development and testing of its 2020 iPhones. The company had said that it had already notified about the decision to leave the 5G modem for Intel’s 2020 launch cycle. Apple is also known for trying to develop its own 5G modem, and the report says that currently there are more than 1,000 employees working on this project, including former Intel and Qualcomm engineers. However, it is unlikely that this effort will give fruit until at least 2021, if not later. It will be in line with Apple’s efforts to bring all the hardware production home, especially its ARM-based SoC development efforts.