THE Apple j uses modems from Intel on some iPhones, even considering the huge legal dispute that has been waging with Qualcomm in courts around the world. But she is not a beast and knows that Qualcomm's chips are today the best that a smartphone can have.
So, possibly already leaving the 4G / LTE modem battle behind, Apple would be working with Intel on modems 5G.
Ma's wish, according to sources at Fast Company, it would be to abandon Qualcomm's modems in favor of Intel's in 2018. But, obviously, everything depends on how good they manage to leave them in time. Internally, Intel sees the opportunity as a ?Must-win?.
Even if we achieve this feat for next year, we are still not talking about 5G models. These should only arrive on iPhones in 2019 or 2020, not least because there wouldn't even be cellular networks ready to use them anytime soon.
Apple obtained authorization to test on 5G networks a few months ago. The next generation of mobile networks will not only be faster than the current one (10-100x), but it promises to greatly reduce latency in data exchange. It should also use antennas with long-range frequencies, to facilitate and speed up their spread across cities.
Update 11/17/2017 s 15:44
While this new 5G modem is not ready, the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (from KGI Securities) bets that, for the 2018 iPhones, Apple still uses modems from both Intel (XMM 7560) and Qualcomm (SDX20) although the little blue j keep most orders, around 70-80%.
Next year's chips will have 4 × 4 MIMO technology (against the current 2 × 2) and will be faster in 4G / LTE networks, according to him, in addition to also supporting dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS), which allows two chips to be activated simultaneously with only one modem.
As for this latest technology, we will hardly see an iPhone with two SIM trays. In my view, one of them is most likely to be an eSIM, integrated into the logic board as in Apple Watches Series 3 (GPS + Cellular).