The 5G iPhone may miss 2020

Sheri Evans
April 6, 2019

However, industry experts suggest that Apple has lost confidence in Intel's timely delivery of this 5G modem.

Apple may not be able to stick to its timeline of delivering a 5G capable iPhone by 2019, or maybe even in 2020.

The 8160 modems should be finished later this year.

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So says Fast Company, which has heard from a source "with knowledge of the situation" that Intel has been missing deadlines for the development of its XMM 8160 5G modem, despite previous year bringing forward the launch of the chip by six months. However, an internal communication between Apple and Intel past year mentioned that Apple might no longer require Intel's wireless modems, including 5G chips, with 2020 iPhones. Apple might not have a 5G-capable iPhone until late 2020 or even into 2021 after looking at all of this new information. Again, with Qualcomm off the table, Apple is essentially forced to strike a deal with Intel - a partnership that presents its own challenges. It's hoped that the company's proprietary chips can help them move away from working with third-party suppliers like Intel, Samsung, and Qualcomm, and innovate in its own field.

Of course it makes sense for Apple to go back to Qualcomm for its 5G modem chips. With rivals like Samsung and Huawei already announcing 5G Android phones, Apple could fall behind very quickly. However, a report by Fast Company states that the chipmaker is lagging behind in terms of the development of the chip that promises less energy consumption and cooler than its first-gen chip.

However, Apple clearly does not share Intel's optimism. However, other analysts are now saying that a 5G iPhone might not arrive next year after all. Apparently, the MediaTek modem may not meet Apple's strict standards, and the analyst believes that "Apple does not practically want to partner with Samsung for this component". Rather, it will be completed in time to fit into the iPhones of 2021. With its problem with Qualcomm, and Samsung refusing to sell due to insufficient capacity, It appears that Apple is now stuck with Intel. Sources close to the matter are now saying that the Cupertino-based tech firm will most likely to postpone their earlier promise to deliver a 5G device by 2020.

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