Apple Plans to Use Qualcomm Chips for 5G iPhones in 2020 Following Settlement

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    Apple is planning to purchase 5G modem chips from Qualcomm for use in its 2020 iPhones, according to a source with knowledge of today's settlement plans that spoke to Nikkei.

    Apple won't be able to use Qualcomm chips in its 2019 iPhone lineup, but has already been testing Qualcomm's 5G chips for 2020 devices.

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    Qualcomm and Apple have reportedly been negotiating for weeks to reach the settlement that was announced today. In a press release, Apple said that the two companies had agreed to drop all litigation with a six-year licensing agreement for Qualcomm's technology. Apple also said that the deal included a "multiyear chipset supply agreement."

    Apple initially planned to use Intel's 5G chips in its 2020 iPhones, but recent reports have suggested that Intel has been missing developmental deadlines, causing Apple to lose confidence in Intel.

    For a September 2020 launch, Apple needs to have sample 5G chips in hand in mid 2019, with finished chips available in early 2020, and rumors indicated Intel might not make that goal.

    Apple in 2018 used Intel's chips exclusively for its iPhone lineup due to the bitter legal battle with Qualcomm, but may have had no choice but to settle with Qualcomm in order to ensure a 5G iPhone launch in 2020.

    Smartphone makers like Samsung are debuting their first 5G smartphones this year, which means Apple is already launching 5G technology behind other manufacturers. Another year of delay rolling out 5G would have put iPhones far behind other devices.

    Qualcomm has already debuted two 5G chips, including the X50 and the X55.

    It's not clear if Apple will use Qualcomm chips exclusively for the 2020 iPhones or will split orders between Intel and Qualcomm as it has done in the past. According to Nikkei's source, Apple was concerned whether a sole supplier would affect its plans to introduce the first 5G smartphone in 2020.

    Apple is working on developing its own modem chips in house to avoid relying on either Qualcomm or Intel, but those chips reportedly won't be ready for a 2020 iPhone launch.

    Article Link: Apple Plans to Use Qualcomm Chips for 5G iPhones in 2020 Following Settlement
     
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  4. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

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    Good. These Intel modems are ****ing horrible. I'm tired of randomly losing reception on my XR. Coming from a Qualcomm 7+, it's like night and day.
     
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    Why is it to late for 2019, don't they start producing the iPhones sometime between May and June every year, or is something else causing the issue?
     
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    I think this is in both party's interest in the short run. With that said, Apple is definitely still feeding Intel steroids, and doing everything to develop their own modem technology.
     
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    Hooray... A 5G iPhone. Apple is NOT Doomed /s
     
  8. cardfan macrumors 68000

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    And so even less desire for a 2019 iphone. Better to wait.
     
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    phew, good news, i was afraid the iphone x would be my last iphone since previously going forward intel would be the sole supplier for apple. once iphone comes out with under screen finger print ill be all on board.
     
  10. EugW macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I may just have to hold onto my 7 Plus for one more year, esp. at the crazy prices Apple charges for its flagship iPhones.

    The good news is the performance is still very good, and the battery is new as of a few months ago.
     
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    Intel likely needed Qualcomm patents to finish development on their 5G chips and I’m sure with all litigation dropped to all Apple partners, everyone is chipping in a little change. Qualcomm isn’t stupid they took the money and ran because all their revenue depends on this agreement ... in 6 years Apple will drop them like a hot potato though.
     
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    Development is always years ahead of manufacture. They most likely designed this years phone 2 years ago.
     
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    This whole Apple/Qualcomm/Intel situation is so Brokeback to me.

    Apple and Qualcomm just can’t quit each other <3
     
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    Good. I only want the best chips in the phones I purchase.
     
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    Does 5G improve range as well or just throughput ?
     
  17. Olz macrumors member

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    I bet the guys over at Qualcomm were just waiting for the day Apple would cave in and come crawling back...they know Intel aren't as good and Apple isn't in a position to develop its own modems yet.

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    Oh nice, I’ll hold onto my iPhone X for another year then!
     
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    This is why they settled, they knew intel wasn’t going to deliver.
     
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    Or Apple knew they could not win.
     
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    So don’t buy the 2019 iPhone is how I’m receiving this news. Guess I’ll hold on to my 6s another year!
     
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    I sincerely hope it’s the former rather than the latter for all our sakes. Enough of the annual chip/OLED panel lotteries already!
     
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    This is a complete non-news item! If you bother to research 5G you’ll discover it can use any one of 3 frequencies. It’s only the highest frequency that gives the 100MB /sec download but only if there are mobile towers every 100 meters!! The medium & low frequencies are barely any better than 4G. As New Scientist put it in a recent article - “5G is a technology looking for a application”! Don’t panic about 5G it’s a waste of time!
     
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