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Apple dumps Intel as a component supplier for its future iPhone

Intel is not going to work on improving “Sunny Peak” in the hope that Apple may use the components in the devices that it may launch in 2022.

  • Updated: July 6, 2018 11:14 PM IST
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Apple has issued a notice to Intel that it will not use the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth components that the chip maker develops and supplies for its future iPhone. According to a report by Calcalist, the company will not be using Intel chips in the 2020 iPhone models. It went on to state that this notice has resulted in the halt in the development of the components that Intel supplied to Apple. The component is known as “Sunny Peak” internally and the team working on the project has been directed to other projects. According to the report, Intel termed Apple as a “key mobile customer” which was responsible for “main volume” for the product.

Intel has not issued any statement in response to this statement and as pointed in the report, a spokesman added that the company “does not comment on matters pertaining to its customers.” The report pointed out that Apple’s decision to drop Intel as a component supplier “was a result of ‘many factors’.” It is not surprising that Apple has parted ways from Intel as previous reports speculated about the company moving towards alternatives while working on in-house chip development to eventually take the place of components supplied by external sources.

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The report went on to add that Intel is not going to work on improving “Sunny Peak” in the hope that Apple may use the components in the devices that it may launch in 2022. The reason for this is because Intel plans to concentrate its focus on boosting its own 5G programs.

It is likely that Apple has tapped MediaTek as the supplier for the components but none of the two companies have issued an official statement that would indicate a partnership. iPhone is not the only product where Apple has parted ways with Intel as previous reports indicated that the company is planning to phase out Intel chips for its MacOS-based computing devices from “as early as 2020.”

  • Published Date: July 6, 2018 11:12 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 6, 2018 11:14 PM IST