21 January 2020
Qualcomm at its Tech Summit not only made announcements around its new high-end and mid-range mobile processors but also disclosed some other primal details that you must be interested in knowing. While several smartphone manufacturers are unveiling their 5G smartphones, Apple is yet to jump into the bandwagon and make any contribution. The tech industry has been waiting eagerly to get any insights on Apple plans on launching its first 5G iPhone and some strong indications on the same did come out but we need more substantial proofs to curb our curiosity.
Last month Qualcomm made some 5G predictions and theorized that we could see as many as 200M 5G phones getting launched next year. While it didn’t name Apple directly, the references it made did suggest we may see Apple launching its first 5G iPhone in the second half of 2020. Now, the semiconductor company has specifically disclosed plans on launching an iPhone with 5G support, reports PCMag.
During the Tech Summit, Qualcomm said it is working with Apple on launching a 5G iPhone “as fast as we can.” Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon confirmed a couple of things around a 5G iPhone and broke down some new details on the two companies’ multi-year licensing agreement.
Priority number one of this relationship with Apple is how to launch their phone as fast as we can. That's the priority.
He also said,
We have a multi-year agreement with [Apple.] It's not one, it's not two, it's multi-year for our Snapdragon modem. We're setting no expectations on front end, especially because we engaged it very late.
According to the report, Amon said that the first 5G iPhone will use Qualcomm modems but it might not include all of Qualcomm’s RF front end that comprises of the circuitry between components like the antenna and receiver. According to PCMag, Apple is likely to use its own technology and components alongside Qualcomm’s modems in its 2020 iPhone lineup. But Apple would require Qualcomm millimeter-wave antenna modules as it manufactures the only components that work with Verizon and AT&T’s 5G networks at this time.
Rumors currently suggest Apple will make use of both mmWave and sub-6Ghz 5G, two kinds of 5G technology that are in the works.
While Apple is yet to debut in the 5G segment, some analysts already believe that the company will bring not one but all the models with 5G support in the coming year. Well, we would like to take this prediction aside and rather wait for Apple to finally make a jump into the aggressively growing 5G smartphone business.