As expected, the iPhone 11 line-up launched this year without 5G capabilities. Rumor has it that the first 5G iPhone will see the light of day next year, and, according to a recent report, Apple has an aggressive timeline as far as the next-generation network standard is concerned.
Thanks to the supplier agreement Qualcomm and Apple have signed once they settled their dispute, the 2020 iPhone will likely feature Qualcomm-made 5G modems. That will also likely be the case in 2021, but by 2022, Apple is planning on completely switching to its own, in-house 5G solution.
That will be possible due to Apple’s acquisition of the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business. Still, the timeline is very aggressive, as the report notes: “bringing a new modem to the finish line in two years is really pushing it” (unnamed source).
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