Apple rumoured to still be working on an iPhone SE 2

07 April, 2019, 07:40 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Apple's 5G iPhone might not arrive until 2021 analyst warns

The delay in part comes from the lack of a smartphone processing chip compatible with 5G, according to Arcuri. All of this does put Apple in a tight spot, more so after it forced to make do with Intel LTE modems, in spite of those having inferior performance credentials compared to 4G LTE modems from Qualcomm.

Meanwhile, for Apple, its options for a 5G modem is limited to only Intel and MediaTek though both come with a rider. Even if Samsung had managed to ramp up production of its 5G modem for Apple, it would have most certainly charged an arm and a leg for it. Huawei is also in the 5G modem scene, but since the company and the United States government don't get along so well, that option is off the table. Further, once 5G coverage becomes more widespread, Android devices with 5G will be much more intriguing than iPhone models without 5G.

If Apple settings something out with Qualcomm quicker, we might see something happen. but even then, it'll be up to Intel or Samsung to provide 5G modems in the meantime if Apple wants to see 5G inside of an iPhone in the next 18 months.

Moving away from existing suppliers, the next big company Apple could run to is Samsung. Samsung has already begun the production of Exynos Modem 5100. Unfortunately, things aren't that simple. The company is not just interested in making 5G smartphones, it is also anxious about "when it can release its 5G device". Pretty soon, the South Korean giant will release the Galaxy S10 5G in a number of global markets, and later this year a 5G Galaxy Note 10 may be added to the mix.

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Intel has said in the past that it will have 5G chips in mobile devices next year, and it's planning to ship the 8160 5G chip in the second half of this year, but it's unknown whether the firm will be able to meet those targets following slower than expected development.

There's a lot of evidence that Apple is, in fact, working on first-party modem technology. Apple might not have a 5G-capable iPhone until late 2020 or even into 2021 after looking at all of this new information.

Apple's source of the 5G modem and Intel can not get the modem designed in time. But if previous reports are anything to go by, the company could potentially save itself.

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