The 5G iPhone might be the final blow for Intel’s mobile chips

  • The 5G iPhone might be the final blow for Intel’s mobile chips

The 5G iPhone might be the final blow for Intel’s mobile chips

Seeing as how Apple was supposed to be the primary benefactor of said chips, the team working on it has reportedly been reassigned to other internal projects. It appears that Intel will now work to improve Sunny Peak to get the modem into Apple's 2022 devices.

The Intel communications seen by Calcalist described Apple as the "key mobile customer" for the 5G mobile modem and it expected Apple to be the "main volume driver" for the product.

Since, however, Intel has debunked the rumours and said it has no plans to halt production of its 5G modem chips.

More importntly, the report noted that "An Intel lawyer said the company may have to reduce or remove plans to develop 5G-capable cellular technology if courts held up a Qualcomm request to halt sales of Apple iPhones that included current-generation Intel modems". At least not for iPhones with 5G.

Apple has planned to abandon the deployment of Intel radio chips in its 2020 iPhone models.

Apple is reportedly developing its own modems (because of course it is) and exploring the possibility of using wireless chips made by MediaTek.

Over the last few years, Intel's mobile communication business has enjoyed significantly higher visibility and revenue thanks to one major customer win in particular: Apple. The 5G chip is capable of transmitting data at up to 5Gbps, roughly on par with Intel's own 5G modems, which have theoretical peak peak data transfers of "over 5Gbps".

The new chip, the XMM 7560, is the first Intel modem chip that could hit 1 gigabit speeds, necessary for 5G.

The third possibility for not wanting the hardware could be that Apple is planning to make its own hardware. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

According to TF International Securities' well-sourced analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac), Apple is considering five colors for its upcoming iPhone 9: gray, white, blue, red, and orange.