The tech giant Apple is relying heavily on Intel’s assistance of 5G for a future iPhone, a reliable source tells Fast Company.
The engineers at the company have been in touch with Intel counterparts for early work on 5G, source says, while the conversation between Apple and Qualcomm has been limited now.
However, Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips provide more specialized carrier features (like “Uplink Carrier Aggregation”), but the source says most of it won’t be utilized by carriers.
Qualcomm has more dominance than Intel in the modern market but has got a small number of workers on 5G, numbering in the “multiple thousands,” the source estimates. Now, the Apple’s decision for Intel to be their supplying partner will definitely prove a must-win situation for the company.
Intel made the announcement for its 5G Modem at CES 2017, and said in a recent press release that it has “successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon … a key milestone in its development.” The completion of the modem joins with Apple’s plans for a 5G iPhone in 2019 or 2020.
A 5G iPhone will be capable of connection speeds of a gigabit per second and beyond, which could basically change the way we do various things on our devices. The move to 5G is technically complicated, needing lots of coordination between the phone maker and potential vendors far in advance of official vendor selection.