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Apple Reportedly Notified Intel That It Will Not Use Its Cellular Modems – Wants to Outfit 5G Connectivity in Future iPhones

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Jul 5, 2018
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Intel has reached out to us with their official statement regarding the rumor:

“Intel’s 5G customer engagements and roadmap have not changed for 2018 through 2020. We remain committed to our 5G plans and projects.”

The wave of a new report claims believes Apple has informed Intel that its radio chips will not be required for the former’s iPhone lineup. However, this act is not going to be happy very early, allowing the processor manufacturer to strategize on what to do next. Apple might be making this move because, with 5G rollout expected to engulf the globe next year, the tech giant wants to be completely ready for the transition stage.

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Apple was Intel’s main client for its combined Wi-Fi, 5G, and Bluetooth chips and after this notification, the chipmaker is expected to shelve the product and stop the development process. CTech has cited a myriad of sources and internal documents to validate these claims. As per the internal communication at Intel review by Calcalist and people privy to the matter, Intel will not supply 5G modem devices to Apple in 2020 for its iPhones.

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Intel executives revealed that the company has been notified by Apple of its decision to not use Intel’s mobile chips for its next-generation iPhones. The company has now halted the development of the modem component internally codenamed Sunny Peak. The team members that were working on the project have also been disengaged from it and they will be assigned to other tasks instead.

Apple usually used Qualcomm’s radio chips, but the two companies have been embroiled in legal disputes for quite some time and thus Apple is trying to reduce its reliance on the company, which only means that MediaTek will be brought into the fold, only after it agrees with Apple on certain conditions. MediaTek recently unveiled the Helio M70 SoC and it is designed to bring 5G connectivity to affordable devices in the future. Even though Intel will supply most of the chips for the 2018 iPhone lineup, Apple will still be dependent on Qualcomm for some components.

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Do keep in mind that 5G isn’t expected to become commonplace before 2020 and Apple has historically been a late adopter of the latest standards. Intel continues to remain positive about future business prospects with Apple and is still hoping to get orders for its 5G chips for 2022.

If you want to know all there is to know about 5G connectivity and the infrastructure used, check out our detailed explanation as to what 5G technology really is.

Source: CTech

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