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Apr 12, 2001

Chinese company Huawei develops its own processors and modem chips, but might be interested in selling them to Apple, reports Engadget.

Huawei has developed a 5G Balong 5000 chipset, but, as with the company's processors, it has previously refused to supply its components to third-party companies. A source that spoke to Engadget, however, says that Huawei is now "open" to selling the 5G chips, but only to Apple.


Rumors have suggested Apple is struggling with the rollout of 5G. The company is said to be planning to introduce iPhones that support 5G technology in 2020, but there's a problem - Intel, Apple's current chip partner, might not be able to get its 5G LTE chips ready by then.

Apple is also embroiled in a tense legal battle with Qualcomm and is unlikely to use Qualcomm chips for that reason, putting it in a difficult spot. Apple has been speaking with Samsung and Mediatek about 5G chips for 2020 iPhones, but it's not clear if that will pan out.

Apple is also working on its own LTE chip designs for future iPhones, but that technology is not expected to be ready to ship until 2021.

As Engadget points out, Huawei isn't known for its chip sales, and earlier this year, a Huawei representative said the 5G Balong chips are meant for Huawei's internal use only. Huawei also sees Apple as a major competitor.

Huawei's Balong 5000 would potentially be suitable for Apple devices with support for sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks along with backwards compatibility with LTE networks, but there has been no word that Apple has expressed interest in Huawei's technology.

Huawei and Apple don't exactly have a friendly relationship, and Huawei is in hot water with the U.S. government, which makes the likelihood of a partnership low. Huawei has been accused of using "dubious tactics" to steal trade secrets from U.S. companies, including Apple.

Article Link: Huawei 'Open' to Selling 5G Chips to Apple


macrumors 68020
Oct 11, 2011
What’s the difference between 5g and 5g LTE. If I remember LTE was not 4g and 4g was supposed to be faster than LTE (originally). LTE was just a stop gap? Or am I remembering wrong?

Edit: after some research, LTE and 4G LTE are both slower than 4G and are marketing terms to say it’s almost 4G but doesn’t meet the 4G standard minimum speed. So it’s weird they are marketing 5G-LTE so early, as if they are already giving up on making it to 5G speeds.
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macrumors G5
Mar 27, 2017
Could happen if Apple decides to dual source their modems again.

Huawei 5G modems for rest of world. Intel 4G LTE for U.S.

Intel won't have their act together until late 2020. And that's a first gen 5G chip.

Right now, Qualcomm and Huawei control 5G and Apple isn't on good terms with one of them.


Oct 6, 2017
Huawei is the one hoping to sell chips to Apple.

Apple is not in a position of weakness. They can get components from anyone they want because money. Business is business.

Mr. Dee

macrumors 603
Dec 4, 2003
5G is not that much of a must have right now. Apple, don't fall for this. Tim Cook, I know you are on the forums here, but don't get trapped. Work on getting a decent device ready by 2021, because thats when I am likely to buy a new iPhone anyway.

Also, 4G and 3G phones will still work just fine even when 5G goes mainstream and many of us connect to Wi-Fi at work and home anyway.


macrumors 68040
Sep 1, 2010
California, USA
This is a nonstarter in the current political landscape. Maybe once the US-Sino relationship tension decreases, maybe Apple will start buying Huawei chips, but not right now...LOL!
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