Apple's future iPhones won't use Intel's 5G modems

CHIPMAKER Intel has denied that it's halted production of its 5G modems after being snubbed by Apple. "We remain committed to our 5G plans and projects". The iPhone maker has reportedly notified Intel about development.

Part of the reason that Sunny Peak had to be postponed for the time being is because Apple would have been the "key mobile customer" and would have expected them to be the "main volume driver" for the product. In April, a short-lived job listing spotted on Apple's site was looking for a PhD to work on a wireless chip, indicating Apple was at least exploring the idea of doing this chip in-house. It looked like Apple wanted to source iPhone 5G chips from anyone but Qualcomm, and since Intel provides a portion of the LTE chips in the last two iPhone versions, the giant chipmaker seemed like the obvious choice. The modem was to be Intel's most direct attack on Qualcomm wireless chipsets to-date, combining 5G, WiFi, and Bluetooth onto a single chip.

After stumbling in the race to supply silicon to 4G phone makers, Intel has been working to obtain a foothold in the nascent 5G market.

And even if MediaTek's 5G chips aren't as fast as Intel's, the data speeds would still be a significant increase from the average of 450Mbps available on current Qualcomm and Intel-equipped iPhones.

Intel was one of the suppliers Apple was considering, according to recent reports. However, it does beg the question that if not Intel then what.

Intel hasn't confirmed whether or not it'll be supplying Apple with 5G hardware, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if it had been ditched, given that Apple is also said to be moving away from Intel chips in its Mac lineup in favour of its own custom ARM-based chips. But if true, it's bad news for Intel. Intel's board said Krzanich's departure was because he was found to have had an affair with an Intel employee that began before he was CEO and had previously ended.

Apple did immediately responded to a request for comment.

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