Now that 4G cellular networks have become (or are in the process of becoming) mainstream around the world, telecom companies have already begun working on 5G, the next big thing in mobile technology. At the same time, smartphone manufacturers are prepping next-generation devices that would be able to benefit from the advantages (increased download/upload speeds) offered by 5G networks.
A new report by Fast Company claims that Apple will introduce its first 5G-capable iPhone(s) in 2020, citing a source with knowledge of the smartphone manufacturer’s plans. The report further mentions that Apple intends to use Intel’s 8161 5G modem for its 2020 batch of iPhones.
Intel’s planning to fabricate 8161 using the 10-nanometer process, and if everything goes well, the semiconductor major could end up becoming Apple’s sole supplier of 5G modems. Intel has already begun work on a modem identified only as 8060, which would be tested with 5G-enabled iPhone prototypes.
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The Fast Company report also goes on to say that lately, Apple has been ‘unhappy’ with Intel, primarily because of heat dissipation issues caused by the 8060 modem. It further mentions that despite problems with Intel, Apple doesn’t intend to resume talks with Qualcomm for supplying 5G modems. It’s worth mentioning that Qualcomm’s X50 modem has also caused heat dissipation problems for other OEMs working on 5G-enabled smartphones.