5G network is shaping up to be a significant improvement over 4G, and many smartphone users are looking forward to buying devices which are compatible with the new standard. Future iPhone 5G models would support 5G via Intel modems.
Many fans were surprised when Apple announced that the 2019 iPhones would not feature 5G capabilities. At first, it seemed that the company wanted to see how the market reacts to the new standard, but there is more to the story than what meets the eye.
According to a reliable source, Apple contracted Intel to design and manufacture a 5G modem for the iPhone 2020 models.
However, the company missed a lot of deadlines, and the delays encouraged Apple to explore alternatives offered by the competition, which is quite varied. Samsung, MediaTek, and Huawei already make manufacture and sell 5G modems, but it is thought that the Cupertino giant didn’t found what it wanted.
iPhone 5G Models To Support 5G Via Intel Modems
According to a new report which was shared by a highly-reliable source Apple is now negotiating with Intel, and it seems that it will buy the 5G modem division of the latter in the following weeks, in exchange for an impressive $1 billion.
It is essential to keep in mind the fact that a clash with Qualcomm prevented Apple from using the modems offered by the company while also giving Qualcomm an impressive head start. Smartphones equipped with the well-received Snapdragon 855 will provide native support for 5G since the system-on-a-chip setup includes a built-in modem.
By acquiring Intel-s modem division, Apple will gain a significant advantage in the attempt to crafts its own 5G technology for its future iPhone 5G models since the deal will grant access to a substantial amount of research, patents, and capable staff members.
The first generation of 5G devices will use the modems offered by Qualcomm, but the creation of a dedicated modem department will increase the independent capabilities of the Californian giant as it won’t have to rely on an external manufacturer. It remains to be seen if the rumor will be confirmed in the future.
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