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Apple Reportedly Snubs Intel 5G Modems For 2020 iPhone Family

Over the past six months, we've heard a lot from Intel about its upcoming 5G modems that will be used in a new wave of mobile devices. Apple was widely expected to use the 5G modems in its future iPhones, especially considering the legal battle that it's waging with Qualcomm over LTE modem licensing costs.

However, a new report suggests that Intel won't be getting Apple's business with regards to the next-generation 5G modem chips. According to CTech, Apple informed Intel that the chipset it is currently working on, "Sunny Peak", will no longer be needed. Sunny Peak was to combine 5G cellular connectivity along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. 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.

The alleged iPhones that were expected to feature Sunny Peak were to launch in the fall of 2020. According to the report, Intel is regrouping and hopes to be back in Apple's good graces with regards to 5G modems in 2022.

Given the animosity between Qualcomm and Apple at this point, it's highly unlikely that Apple would come running back for 5G modems for future devices. However, a report late last month reaffirmed that MediaTek was cozying up with Apple to supply its modems for future iPhones. It's also highly possible that Apple has a team of internal engineers working on its own 5G modems, which would preclude the need for outside suppliers, as the company looks to bring more chip development in-house.

U.S. wireless carriers aren't scheduling 5G rollouts until sometime in 2019, and widespread availability likely won't occur until a year or two afterwards.

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