It seems that Apple has not yet managed to find the ideal supplier that produces chips with the technology 5G for futures iPhones.
Last week, we commented that Ma was analyzing the options of suppliers and that it could work with the Taiwanese modem manufacturer MediaTek, which has already presented its chip with 5G technology support, Helio M70.
Although the possible addition of a new supplier was aimed at trying to reduce the dependence on the known Qualcomm, a supplier that Apple has been battling in court for years, this time was the Intel who suffered from the news, as disclosed by the CTech by Calcalist.
The news is in line with what was released last week, which already indicated that Intel could lose with the addition of a new supplier to Apple's list.
The website analyzed messages exchanged by the company's internal communication system and spoke with people familiar with the matter, who reported that Intel has suspended the development of a modem component, internally called "Sunny Peak". Also according to the sources, the professionals who worked with this component will be moved to other sectors of the company.
Both Apple and Intel have not commented on the matter, so it is possible that we will see a realignment of this situation in the future. However, if the rumors prove to be true, MediaTek better be well prepared to handle the production. Otherwise, Apple should continue to depend, in part, on Qualcomm, at least for years to come.
Rumors indicate that Apple will announce the first 5G models of the smartphone only in 2020. Until then, Intel does not seem to lose hope of future business with Ma and wants to put its 5G chips in iPhones by 2022.
For the devices to be launched this year, Intel was responsible for supplying about 70% of the chips; the rest, of course, will be produced by Qualcomm.