Intel has been the sole chip provider for Apple for its iPhones (including the current iPhone XS, XS Max, and the iPhone XR) after the Cupertino tech giant had been in the legal battle with the popular chipset maker Qualcomm. After the settlement between both these companies recently, reports were suggesting already that Qualcomm would again be doing business with Apple in providing chipsets for iPhones next year. However, during the settlement between Qualcomm and Apple, Intel had announced that it had opted out of developing 5G modems for smartphones, at least for now and had stated it would be still be providing 4G modem chips this year too.
Additionally, there’s a new report from 9to5Mac indicating Intel would still be providing chips for this year iPhones as well. It further reveals Intel’s step down from making 5G modem chips was due to the settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, and not the other way around. This settles the ongoing speculations of Apple-Qualcomm deal was due to Intel stepping back from developing 5G modem chips.
The report further reveals Intel CEO Bob Swan’s comments as part of the recent interview, wherein he had shed some information regarding the upcoming Intel modem plans. He had revealed that second iteration to their current XMM 7660 modem which utilizes 4G is on track and will likely be available this fall. This further suggests Intel would still be supplying chipsets for iPhones in 2019 regardless of Apple-Qualcomm settlement.
Citing the recent developments between Apple and Qualcomm, it is highly unlikely for Apple to include Qualcomm chips on their upcoming iPhones this year. Henceforth, Intel will likely be the sole supplier of chips for 2019 iPhones as well. As per earlier reports and this new report, we can expect Qualcomm making chips including 5G for iPhones not until 2020. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.