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Apple to use Qualcomm 5G Modems for iPhones in 2020: Report



The long two years legal battle between Cupertino tech giant Apple and San Diego based chipmaker Qualcomm has finally been settled. They have settled the dispute by agreeing to drop all litigations globally and had signed a six-year license agreement as well. Apple had also issued a statement regarding the deal, which indicated that the company had agreed to pay Qualcomm to settle the dispute, and the agreement which they have signed will be effective from April 1, 2019. The chipset supply agreement is reportedly said to be in good terms to launch 5G iPhone in 2020.

According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple would be buying 5G modem chips from Qualcomm in 2020 to bring consumers the new 5G-enabled iPhone. This coincides with another tech giant Intel’s announcement regarding no plans in developing 5G chipset anymore. Apple has been using Intel chips for the latest iPhones of 2018 due to the ongoing dispute with Qualcomm, which has finally been ended, regardless.

Apparently, Intel was slow in producing in 5G chipsets for Apple thus making the tech giants’ foray into 5G iPhones not until next year. Perhaps, this is considered to be one of the reasons for the settlement, which the companies haven’t been officially admitting yet. Henceforth, this settlement had lead Apple to rely on Qualcomm for 5G modems since it has already become a leader in producing the X50 modems in the latest Android flagship devices including Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and 5G Galaxy S10 as well.

The report further revealed that Apple is too late to use Qualcomm’s 5G chips this year for the upcoming iPhones in September. Therefore in 2020, the Cupertino tech giant will most likely buy the modem chips and the 5G modems chips from Qualcomm resulting in the first 5G iPhone that is expected to release the same year. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.



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