Intel executive "confirms" Apple's timeline for 5G iPhone

Intel executive
We already expected Apple not to release a 5G compatible iPhone until 2020, and some news reported today by Reuters pretty much supports that timeline. According to the report, Intel executives said today that the company's 5G modem chips will not be found inside any smartphone until 2020. Presently, Apple is Intel's biggest customer for its mobile modem chips, and the 2020 timeline for their arrival would dovetail with the expected unveiling next year of a 5G iPhone.

At an Intel event held today in Palo Alto, California, the chip maker's chief of networking chips, Sandra Rivera, said that manufacturers could expect to receive samples of the chip this year.  Even so, the company doesn't expect to see the chip found in any devices that will be available to consumers in 2019. Back in November, we passed along word that Apple would wait until 2020 to enter the 5G market, and that these handsets would employ Intel's 10nm 8161 modem chip. Apple's current feud with former modem chip source Qualcomm over patents and royalties, means that Apple will not use the Snapdragon X55 5G modem on its mobile devices.

Last month, during the FTC v. Qualcomm non-jury trial, Apple supply chain executive Tony Blevins testified that the company was considering sourcing 5G modem chips from Samsung and MediaTek. There was also some speculation that Apple would have its own 5G modem chip ready for 2020. While it appears that Apple will eventually design its own 5G modem chip, the timing of this is unclear.

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19 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh lord, not intel. Apple please use Qualcomm...real modems. Intel modems are trash.

9. Venom

Posts: 3548; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You say that, yet you still continue to use the XS despite a supposed critical design flaw.

15. DolmioMan

Posts: 332; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Maybe because slightly worse LTE speeds/range isn’t that important. I live in a city, as do most people and I’ve never had problems with LTE even my iPhone X.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine has some LTE and WiFi issues, but it is what it is. I use my Note 9 a lot more, and unless I see major improvements, this will be my last iPhone for quite a while. Let me know what you think about this post venom.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31037; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Maybe I’m just bating you, cause I know you’ll respond. Every time I post, you come a running. I think I’m gonna start having a little fun with you. Stay tuned.

11. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Yes! 100%

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2188; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple is always late, but always makes an impact when it comes to adaption of technology.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

An 'impact' within the current iOS community...yes, but they've done little - nothing to sway those from a very competitive platform. The last thing apple really did to seriously impact the mobile industry was popularize the concept of removing our beloved headphone jack in the name of 'being courageous' lol.

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I think we can safely say the notch is also Apple's fault lol

8. IT-Engineer

Posts: 543; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Another phonearena author jumps to defend the fruit. You authors on this site are becoming a joke. #phonearenaWillDeleteThisComment

13. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

How am I defending Apple by saying they made the notch popular? If anything, most people in the comments hate the big notch

16. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@IT-Engineer, There is nothing defensive in Joshua's comment. If anything he is in agreement with lyndon420 and just adding one more thing. What do you think "also" means? I'll add something as well. Apple could be accused of also popularizing the non removable battery...

4. Wazupmrg

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Ah yes, typical apple, always a year or two behind everything technological

7. Eric7779

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 13, 2019

Just a marketing tactic from them to bring a tad bit of innovation every year.

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Probably an unpopular opinoon but I don't think a 5G iPhone is necessary this year. Look at the competition, each company is simply bringing out 5G-specific phones because the tech isn't needed in mainstream flagships at the moment. At most I'd say Apple is about 6 months behind the real 5G impact (possibly less) and that is because iPhone's launch in September - I can't see Samung putting 5G into its mainstream devices until the S11. And I don't see the S10 5G as a mainstream model. It'll be sold in limited quantities to early adopters.

12. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 692; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Your opinion will only be unpopular because too many people on this site have a completely irrational hate for Apple and they'll see your comment as defending them when you're only spouting facts. See the comment by IT-Engineer for example.

10. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

5G ... I think we need more three to four years until 5G will become popular with enough coverage networks round the world, still 4G coverage is limited in alot of areas round the world.

14. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

4G does not have limited coverage in the areas where Apple sells the most iPhones.

19. edduuuard

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 21, 2017

5G of US is real 5G. 5G of China is a 4.5G is not a real 5G. Even so whenever you buy a Chinese phone over an US or Koreen phone, you pay the Communist China and ruin the west world !! Huawei have a lot of stories with industrial spy over a lot of western companies and third parties !!! If is real we are fxxxd. I will never buy a Chinese base phone.

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