21 November 2019
We are hearing about Apple's plan to release 5G iPhones in 2020 for quite some time and now, there is a new report corroborating the same but with some additional details. This new report from Nikkei cites industry sources to mention that Apple has started to ramp up efforts for launching iPhones with 5G next year.
Apple is reported to release 2020 iPhones with a new processor built using the 5nm manufacturing process. It will be the first 5nm processor from the Cupertino-based tech giant and will likely be called A14 Bionic. It is too early to make predictions about what to expect but it should be more powerful and power-efficient than previous offerings.
It is further said to make use of Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modems for providing 5G network connectivity. Both Apple and Qualcomm were involved in a legal dispute over patent licensing since 2017 but the issue was settled earlier this year. This seems to be the reason behind both companies working together once again.
A recent report also claimed that Apple is working on its own 5G modems as well. It expects Apple's 5G modems to become available for commercial usage by 2022. Even if the report turns out to be correct, there is a wait of three years which means we should be seeing Apple partnering with third-party modem producers for 5G iPhones.