Apple to completely ditch Intel chips by 2020

Intel 5G Modem

Intel 5G Modem

According to the report, the executives considered Apple as the main "key mobile customer" for its 5G modem and expected Apple to be the "main volume driver" for the product.

However, Qualcomm is embroiled in a high-profile patent battle with Apple that has clearly soured the companies' relationship.

Intel had hoped to secure a partnership with Apple to supply "Sunny Peak" chips for its 2020 iPhone lineup, but according to internal communications and "people familiar with the matter", Apple has made a decision to shop elsewhere.

Apple has notified Intel it would not use a mobile modem developed by the chipmaker in its next-generation mobile device, Intel executives said in the communications.


Interestingly, the execs said that the introduction of the speedy WiGig (802.11ad Wi-Fi) standard "into any mobile product brings new and unanticipated challenges". But Apple probably isn't going to have an iPhone ready for 5G until much later, with 2020 being our best bet for a 5G iPhone.

Citing internal Intel documents it obtained, the website says development of the 5G chip, which was codenamed "Sunny Peak", has halted, and all product developers have been shifted to other projects within the company.

But Apple has decided not to go forward with Intel 5G modems, according to internal communications seen by Calcalist.

Still, that doesn't mean Intel hasn't been given the bad news. According to CTech, Apple informed Intel that the chipset it is now working on, "Sunny Peak", will no longer be needed. At the same time, though, heavyweight Qualcomm has been crowing of its growing 5G traction-Qualcomm in February said more than a dozen handset makers around the world have selected its Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem to power their forthcoming 5G phones, an announcement the company argued gives it a 12- to 18-month lead on its competitors in the 5G arena. Qualcomm is one of the usual suspects. But a report a few days ago said that MediaTek is looking to win Apple orders for 5G modems.

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