Despite the hard work, Apple still can't be this year.iPhoneQualcomm's 5G modem chip is used. For the 2019 iPhone, the deadline for hardware and software configuration integration is likely to have passed.
An unnamed source said, "It is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm chips this year, but in 2020, after determining the deal, it will purchase modem chips for the iPhone from chip makers, including 5G modems. chip."
After a settlement with Qualcomm, Apple is now free to use Qualcomm's 5G technology. Previously, Apple and Intel had two years of legal proceedings, and Apple could only choose Intel. It is said that Intel's XMM 8160 5G modem chip could not be provided to Apple in time due to delays. In early April, there were media reports that Apple "lost confidence" in Intel's ability to deliver chips on time, because Intel missed several development deadlines.
A source told the Nikkei News, "Apple has been a bit worried, whether Intel, the sole supplier of Apple's modem chips, will affect Apple's launch of its first 5G smart next year.Mobile phones plan. ”
Apple has been looking for a viable 5G modem chip supplier for the past few months, and many reports say the tech giant will be in trouble without Qualcomm providing chips. However, Apple’s situation has changed as the lawsuit between Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement earlier Tuesday.
Although the specific settlement terms have not been disclosed, the settlement will include a multi-year chipset supply agreement and a six-year term license agreement that came into effect earlier, which can be extended for two years.
How long Apple has to rely on Qualcomm hardware is still unknown. Apple is developing its own 5G chip for the future iPhone. It is reported that Apple's self-developed 5G chip team has 1200 to 2,000 engineers, including new employees recruited from Intel and Qualcomm. The team is expected to launch Apple's own 5G chip solution in 2021.