A report from earlier this month revealed that Apple might miss their rumored 2020 deadline to launch a 5G iPhone. The report claimed that Apple was having issues sourcing their 5G modems due to their ongoing litigation with Qualcomm, in which the latter company supplies the majority of the chipsets in upcoming 5G smartphones.
The good news is that it looks like Apple could still make their 2020 timeline after all. This is because in a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, it was revealed that Apple and Qualcomm have finally quashed their beef with each other and have reached a settlement agreement. As such, Apple will reportedly get their 5G tech from Qualcomm and that their 5G iPhone will most probably arrive in 2020 as previously reported.
Previously it had been reported that Apple could be sourcing from Intel or Samsung. Huawei had even expressed their openness to sell their tech to Apple, although it seems like Apple did not take them up on their offer. It is potentially good news as Apple waiting an additional year to launch a 5G iPhone would probably not sit well with their customers.
The company has been known to wait things out, such as was the case with LTE where it took the company a while to adopt the tech, where they previously cited issues such as battery life as being one of the reasons why.
Filed in 5G, iPhone, Legal and Qualcomm. Source: asia.nikkei. Read more about