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Apple reportedly already testing Qualcomm's 5G modems; First iPhone 5G to arrive in 2020

17 April 2019 3

Apple and Qualcomm have just settled their longtime dispute with some untold terms of the agreement between them. However, it's clear that the two will bond once again as they both have reached six-year global patent licensing agreement and multiyear chipset supply agreement. So, Qualcomm would supply its 5G modems and other components to Apple over a period of multiple years. Also, Intel's exiting from the 5G smartphone modem business further tells that Apple wasn't able to reach its set targets on time. So, it was a high time to move to something more substantial.

Now, a report coming from Nikkei Asian Review states that Apple and Qualcomm had been negotiating the settlement “for weeks” leading up to April 16th. And, as the settlement talks advanced, Apple reportedly started testing Qualcomm’s 5G modems internally and the believed target is 2020.

The report cites the sources familiar with the matter and claims that an iPhone with 5G support is likely to come in 2020. The 2019 iPhone generation is already in an advanced development stage and it’s unlikely to get the fifth-generation network support.

“It is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm's chips this year, but for 2020 it will purchase modem chips, including 5G modem chips, from the chipmaker for iPhones after finalizing the deal,” the aforementioned source cites people with knowledge of the matter as saying.

“Apple had been a little concerned whether a sole supplier for modems could affect the company's plan to introduce its first 5G smartphone next year,” an unnamed source told the same publication.

Several reports and rumors have conveyed that the 2020 iPhone series would come with OLED screens, so this year similar to the last year, at least one iPhone would bear the LCD screen.



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