Apple is eager to start seeing returns from its recent acquisition of Intel’s modem business. The company, which will be releasing their first 5G phone next year, is looking to produce their first 5G chip by 2022.
Apple already signed a multi-year deal that will see Qualcomm’s chips in their first 5G handset due out next year.
With the substantial investment into purchasing Intel’s modem business, it’s probably understandable that the company would be in a hurry to bring their own chip to market as soon as possible.
How Apple plans to do it
Intel sold its modem business to Apple for $1 billion in July. The transaction saw thousands of wireless patents change hands between the companies.
In addition to the intellectual property, 2 200 employees will have joined Apple to help create the hardware that will power their journey into 5G tech.
The Intel modem business acquisition is seen to be part of Apples push toward system on a chip (Soc). This will allow Apple to integrate its modem with other chips eventually.
Obstacles to overcome
It’s more likely that the first 5G chip produced will be a standalone chip, if they are looking to have it out by 2022 is to be achieved.
In fact, industry insiders seem to agree that Apple are seriously underestimating the regulatory hoops they’ll need to jump through even if they do manage to develop and fabricate the chip quite rapidly.
The difficulty comes from the fact that Apple are producing their first modem and will need to navigate the onerous task of testing and then to certify the modem.
In addition to this, network optimisation tests will be necessary to ensure compatibility with carriers as well as global and FCC compliance tests will have to be carried out.
Paperwork and red tape
As it stands, it’s much more likely that 2023 will see the first Apple phones shipping with Apple-made 5G chips.
The fact that they have purchased the Intel modem business and look to be expediting development on a 5G chip seems to suggest that their agreement with Qualcomm to provide 5G chips is probably a reasonably short term one.
That would explain the rush to market with a 5G chip, as they would need to negotiate a costly renewal of the contract should they not have their ducks in a row by then.
All of this is less than ideal when you’ve just spent $1 billion on manufacturing your own modems in-house.
Now that Apple’s iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have been released, consumers will be itching to know what’s next. The brand’s 2020 iPhone 12 models was said to be something to look forward to.
Reports state that next year Apple will launch its first
phone that supports 5G networking. Other reports point say the new iPhone 12
design will also have impressive in-display Touch ID functionality and possibly
two new sizes.
The rumours about the iPhone 12 design
- Apple may introduce the iPhone 12 in 5.4
inches and 6.7 inches in size. Both models would have an iPhone 4-like design
with a metal band around the outside
- A render revealed what a 6.7-inch
iPhone with no notch might look like
- A survey
suggests fewer iPhone buyers are planning to upgrade to this year’s iPhone
11, and no 5G connectivity is one of the big reasons why
The iPhone 12’s possible release date
Judging by when the iPhone 11 debuted, on 10 September
2019, speculation is that it will be on the same month next year. However, the date isn’t a sure thing because
it’s possible that Apple could launch earlier in 2020.
They might bring the phone models out sooner to
compete with other cell phone brands that are coming out with 5G connectivity. It
would be a new move for Apple as they tend to limit their phone releases for spring.
Apple phone’s price range
A premium rate is being
charged for most 5G-capable phones that have come out in 2020. Releasing the
iPhone 12 next year would allow Apple to charge a bit less because by then 5G
components would have dropped.’
It’s possible the price
could be the same as the iPhone 11.
iPhone 12 design could come sans the notch
The notch could be on its way out for the 2020 version. A
China Times report says Apple wants to ditch
the notch, but a Credit Suisse analyst says it will only happen by 2021.
Benjamin Geskin took out a number of renders showing what a 6.7-inch iPhone without the notch would look like.
The 2020 phone’s cameras
The 2020 versions of the Pro iPhone is expected to feature
the iPhone 11’s triple camera. However, the new models could also have an added
new lens which is a time-of-flight sensor.
The time-of-flight sensor will accurately judge distances and
help create better effects on portrait shots. That would mean it would be able
to support augmented reality applications.
Apple is expected to bring back the Touch ID by enabling
fingerprint recognition anywhere on the display. It’s possible that it could
feature both Face ID and Touch ID.
Display: 120Hz refresh rate
The iPhone 12’s display is expected to support a switch
between a 60 Hz and 120 Hz refresh rate. Having a 120 Hz refresh rate would mean
a smoother scrolling display.
If any of the rumours or predictions are true, it could be a
better option to wait for the new models.