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Apple sides with Qualcomm forcing Intel's exit from 5G mobile business

26 April 2019 4

Last year we heard a lot about how Apple would be partnering with Intel to come up with their first 5G smartphone though it seems that the Intel’s competitor chip manufacturer Qualcomm has turned the tables on it by pushing a very sudden deal with the Cupertino smartphone manufacturer in this regard. While it seemed near to no chances of Apple dealing with Qualcomm considering their long-running law suites and cases which in the first place pushed Apple to switch their chip supplier.

Somehow Qualcomm and Apple have come to a surprise settlement and Qualcomm would be helping Apple to roll out its first 5G smartphone in 2020 when 5G networks would be available for more than what their current status is. Thus we won’t be seeing 5G powered iPhone this year, which makes quite of sense knowing that the 5G networks are only available in certain cities that opted to be the pioneers in this and the technology isn’t ready for its prime time as of yet.


What this deal between Apple and Qualcomm means to Intel is quite saddening. Intel would probably stop working on 5G modems for smartphones knowing that Apple was its primary and only customer. Though the company has to figure out what they would be doing with all the money and time invested in 5G technology, where the company was preparing for the technology to produce modems for future iPhones.

The primary reason that pushed Intel out of producing 5G modems was considering the fact that there was no business left for the chip manufacturer knowing that Apple pulled out as a potential and only customer that Intel had its hopes on when it comes to 5G business.

CEO Bob Swan shared his views regarding this,

In light of the announcement of Apple and Qualcomm, we assessed the prospects for us to make money while delivering this technology for smartphones and concluded at the time that we just didn’t see a path.

Qualcomm already has a 5G chip like Snapdragon X50 ready though we won’t be seeing it in 2019 for the aforementioned reasons. Are you looking forward to the 5G technology to land on your mobile devices? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Apple ditches Intel in a surprise 5G deal with Qualcomm
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ParcyJac

Did Qualcomm really push "a very sudden deal with the Cupertino smartphone manufacturer"? I think more than pushing, it was a mutual need to partner with one another.

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