Apple could end up using Qualcomm antennas in the upcoming 5G iPhone
Category: #technology |   By Pankaj Singh |   Date: 2020-02-19

Apple could end up using Qualcomm antennas in the upcoming 5G iPhone

Most flagship 5G smartphones available today, including the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S20 series, feature Qualcomm modems. According to recent reports, iPhone maker Apple is expected to use Qualcomm hardware to power its upcoming range of 5G smartphones, despite it investing in the development of own hardware.

Apple is reportedly working on two separate designs as it ramps up preparations for the launch of the 5G iPhone later this year.

Apple apparently believes that the new iPhone’s industrial design may not have enough room for the Qualcomm QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna.

The company is instead working on two new design variants. One features both the Qualcomm antenna and the X55 modem, causing a slightly thicker build, along with another slimmer design which features Apple’s inhouse antenna.

Since the range of ultra-fast wireless connectivity is extremely limited, Apple may end up incorporating multiple millimeter-wave antennas to ensure a seamless connection.

Building its own custom antennas apparently makes sense for the tech giant. It would not only allow Apple to design slimmer iPhones, but it will also be saved from paying Qualcomm for using their technology.

However, Apple has not had a good experience when it comes to building its own antenna. The company had previously faced a class action suit due to poor network connectivity in the iPhone 4.

Apple has also tried collaborating with chip giant Intel for 5G chipsets. But, the chip giant bowed out and later ended up selling its entire modem business to Apple after it failed to ensure timely delivery.

Also read: Apple inks multi-year chip supply deal worth $15B with Broadcom

The acquisition of Intel’s modem business has seemingly provided Apple a lot of expertise. Ever since then, the tech giant has invested heavily in making its own 5G modems.

However, the chipsets may not be completely ready as yet. Apple is still relying on Qualcomm for now.

The tech giant last month entered into a multi-year contract with San Jose, California-based chipmaker Broadcom for the supply of wireless components.

Broadcom has been one Apple’s key wireless component suppliers in the U.S. According to sources familiar with the matter. The chipmaker has supplied several chips over the years that are used in the iPhone.
 

Source credit: https://www.techradar.com/news/qualcomm-may-be-powering-5g-in-the-iphone-12

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