Apple could launch its 5G – enabled iPhones in 2020. It has long been known. New reports suggest, however, those iPhone enthusiasts might have to wait a little longer for the one.
By September 2020, Apple was hoping for its first 5G iPhone unit to be launched. However, by early Summer this year, the first Intel sample modems would be delivered and the design finished by the start of the next year.
In November, Intel said that it would be ready to ship its modems in the second half of 2019, but the delays in its development mean that the company will probably miss that date, the report says.
In the separate 9To5 Mac report, Apple now has second option left-MediaTek, where Intel is unlikely to deliver return-compatible 5G modems in time. But UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri believes that either one of the two chipmakers is unlikely to be picked by Apple to provide the 5G modem. With this Apple, its 5G-enabled iPhone will now be launched in 2021. But that also appears to be a “technical hurdle.”
Because of the lack of options, the use of Qualcomm modems would make sense for Apple again. However, Qualcomm is a highly improbable choice for Apple because of his active relationship with the chipmaker following his on-going legal battle with the company.
In the meantime, another Taiwan Electronic Times report indicates that both Qualcomm and Samsung have declined their chances of delivering 5G modems to Apple. Although Qualcomm’s refusal seemed hardly surprising because of the company’s patent infringement proceedings.
There is no option, Apple could concentrate on creating its own 5G modems. In the new San Diego developer facility, the company has already hired a team of approximately 1,000 people, including Intel and Qualcomm RF engineers to work on the 5G modem of the company.
There is a possibility, however, that Apple employees will use future 5G iPhones with chips. But by September 2020, it is unlikely that the company will manufacture its 5G chips.
UBS notes that although there may be short-term damage to iPhone sales in 2020 without a 5G phone, Apple’s large user base and its initiative to provide services are expected to assist the company in the long term.