If a new report is to be believed, Apple has informed Intel that it won’t be using the company’s radio chips starting 2020. Apple was reportedly the main customer for Intel’s combined 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth chip. Intel is now said to have halted the development of this product and may have even disbanded the team working on it.
What this means is that Apple’s 2020 iPhones will not have 5G modems made by Intel. The company previously used Qualcomm’s radio chips but given its legal disputes with Qualcomm, it was believed to be looking for alternatives. Reports suggest that Intel will be supplying most of the radio chips for this year’s iPhones but Apple may still have to source some from Qualcomm to meet demand.
Even though Apple is said to have informed Intel that it will not use its 5G models for its 2020 iPhones, the company is reportedly hoping to pitch Apple its 5G chips for its 2022 smartphones. It remains to be seen, though, if it addresses the concerns due to which Apple has decided to ditch its chips for its 2020 lineup.
Nothing in the report has obviously been confirmed or denied by Apple or Intel at this point in time and it’s unlikely that either company will address the matter.