Apple will be making use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem inside its 2020 iPhones to offer 5G connectivity. This should not be surprising since multiple sources have claimed that 2020 iPhones will have 5G and it will be their biggest selling point in major markets of the world.
The Snapdragon X55 modem has native support for both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrum. It offers a maximum theoretical download speed of 7Gbps and upload speeds of 3Gbps.
With Intel bowing out of the modem smartphone race, Apple’s only solution was Qualcomm. The company even went ahead and made up with Qualcomm to ensure that it is able to use its 5G modem in its 2020 iPhones.
Apple will be adding 5G connectivity to all three iPhones it will launch in 2020.
“It will be the first time Apple introduces 5G iPhones … There will be three of them and the company has set an aggressive sales target,” one of the people familiar with the company’s thinking said.
Apple’s move to add 5G connectivity to its 2020 iPhones will lead operators from all over the world to increase their investment and roll out 5G faster.
The additional demand from Apple for the X55 modem could lead to supply constraints next year.
Apart from 5G, Apple’s 2020 iPhones will feature an OLED display, A14 chip based on the 5nm fabrication process, and a new 3D sensing camera at the rear for advanced AR capabilities.
Due to its legal tussle with Qualcomm, Apple had been relying on Intel for its modem needs. However, with Intel struggling to stick to its 5G modem development timeline, Apple was forced to patch up with Qualcomm to ensure that it could launch 5G iPhones in 2020.
While the company is also developing a modem in-house, it won’t be ready for use until at least 2022. To boost the development of its modem, Apple acquired Intel’s smartphone business when the latter put it up for sale earlier this year.