A spree of 5G mobile phones are expected to be showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next year. As Qualcomm had already announced its future chipsets would support 5G, the Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei are expected to get them first, as of now. And, as for Apple, a new report suggests that the Cupertino tech giant would most likely come with 5G iPhone not until 2020.
As reported by FastCompany, it is said that Apple’s 5G iPhone will come to market in 2020. Intel’s 5G modem chips are likely to be the sole provider of the 5G chipsets to Apple (as things are not good with Qualcomm). In 2020, Intel’s 8161 5G modem chips are expected to be implemented in the iPhones, which will be supposedly using Intel’s 10nm process as it is presumed to increase transistor density for more speed and efficiency.
The report further explains that Intel has already begun testing its 5G modem chip under a forerunner chip named 8060. During the testing, there seems to be a difficulty of solving heat distribution issues for which Apple is reportedly unhappy with Intel. However, this isn’t believed to be a significant issue with Intel for Apple that it need to reunite with Qualcomm again for 5G modem chips.
In case you didn’t know, all the new iPhones released this year are based on Intel modem chips. According to the sources in the report, Apple had already uttered with another chipset maker – MediaTek about the manufacturing of new 5G chips. However, this is considered as a backup plan for Apple if everything doesn’t go well.Lastly, the 5G modem chips would be launched in next year for smartphones since the 5G standard has been only finalized this year.
Apple’s approach regarding any upgrade was always sensible but a bit late than the competition. This might be the case for the 5G iPhones from Apple as well, and henceforth we might see the first 5G iPhone by 2020 (hopefully).