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Late to the Party: Apple Not Releasing First 5G Phone Until 2020

Meanwhile, the tech giant is reportedly bickering with its latest chip supplier, Intel. The company’s 5G chips are generating heat that can be felt on prototype devices.

By NTK Staff | 11.05.2018 @2:00pm
Late to the Party: Apple Not Releasing First 5G Phone Until 2020

Apple will not release its 5G-capable iPhones in 2019, but rather wait until 2020, according to a Fast Company report. Apple is working with chip maker Intel to supply these chips, perhaps exclusively, for iPhone models starting in 2020.

But Apple and Intel are not on great terms at the moment, according to Fast Company.

Apple, our source says, has been unhappy with Intel lately. The most likely reason relates to the challenge of solving heat dissipation issues caused by the 8060 modem chip.

Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., will initially rely on millimeter-wave spectrum (between 28 gigahertz and 39 Ghz) to connect the first 5G phones. But millimeter-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips and RF chains, our source explains. This causes the release of higher-than-normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone–so much so that the heat can be felt on the outside of the phone.

As a “Plan B” of sorts, Apple is reportedly talking to MediaTek about its 5G chip capabilities. Apple has dropped Intel as a supplier before, and a Bloomberg story from the beginning of the year claimed that Apple was attempting to develop chips in-house to “threaten” companies like Intel and Qualcomm. Apple rival Samsung “is a major chip manufacturer in its own right.”

The 2020 release of its 5G phones puts Apple behind many other phone makers like Samsung and Sony, who are expected to release 5G-capable phones in 2019. Making matters worse for Apple, their competitors are releasing phones at a much more affordable price. VentureBeat noted that Apple’s price point could be boxing out new users:

During a period of major technological change, Apple could easily use this opportunity to lower prices and hook millions of new customers across the world on its devices. Instead, it appears to be doing the opposite, and its many competitors may well benefit from that decision.

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