While the Apple and the Qualcomm their faces were tied to each other, speculation surrounding who would make the 5G modem of future iPhones were on the rise [1, 2]. This is because Intel, which was most likely to produce these components, withdrew from the venture after encountering difficulties with technology. Months passed, and with the peace agreement between the two companies, it was only a matter of time before Qualcomm came on the scene for good.
According to a new report from Nikkei, the 2020 iPhones should use the X55 modem Qualcomm's allegedly the "fastest and most powerful" component of the manufacturer so far, of course.
The X55 modem offers download speeds of up to 7GB / s and 3GB / s upload, although these numbers indicate the maximum theoretical speed depending on the carrier's network. This is Qualcomm's first 5G chip that supports all major frequency bands, operating modes and network deployments.
Also according to the publication, this modem accompany the next chipset from Apple probably the “A14 Bionic”which is the company's first chip and created using a process of 5 nanometers, after the introduction of 7nm chips with the A12 Bionic of the XS, XS Max and XR iPhones.
This is not the first time we have heard rumors that Apple plans to launch the first 5G iPhones in 2020, nor that the next line of iPhones will consist of three new handsets: the analyst at TF International Securities, Ming Chi KuoI had already suggested that too. In addition, Nikkei corroborates some past rumors about the implantation of the 5nm process on the 2020 iPhones chip, which should also be used for the production of iPad chips.
What's new, however, is the exact description of the Qualcomm modem that Apple plans to use in future iPhones; This partnership, however, is not expected to last for many years: As we report, Ma is expected to integrate its own modems into iPhones in 2022 or soon after. Thus, only the next two generations of the gadget would feature components manufactured by the American giant.
However, forecasts already point to 5G as the main selling point of the upcoming iPhones: according to Nikkei, Apple intends to market 80 million iPhones by 2020, a higher target than the company normally achieves at each launch.
Definitely all expectations are rising on both the c and l side.