The legal dispute between Apple and Qualcomm has now been archived, a dispute that ended with an economic agreement between the two companies. So now it’s time to understand when we will finally see the first Qualcomm 5G modems on the iPhone range Ming-Chi Kuo seems to have clear ideas.
According to Kuo, 5G technology will arrive on the iPhone by 2020, thus cutting off the generation this year expected as usual for September.
Kuo’s note by MacRumors:
Apple and Qualcomm’s end of patent dispute and entrance into a six-year licensing deal implies new iPhone models released in the second half of 2020 will support 5G.
Qualcomm and Samsung are potential 5G baseband chip suppliers.
The market was worried that Intel’s disappointing 5G baseband chip development might be the most severe uncertainty for the new 2020 iPhone models’ adoption of 5G.
But we believe the uncertainty has been removed after Apple and Qualcomm’s end of patent dispute and entrance into a six-year licensing deal, and Intel’s announcement that it will exit the 5G baseband chip business.
Qualcomm will not be the only modem provider, but Samsung could also join the race; Apple is in fact used to diversify the production lines of some of the components installed in its products, reducing risks but obtaining greater commercial power in the contracting phase of supply costs.
There is no other alternatives to enjoy the speed of 5G technology but to wait for the iPhone 2020.