In recent years, during the ongoing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, the iPhone began to try and fully use the communication baseband from Intel. In the rumors of the 5G iPhone, there have been news of the delay in shipment of the Intel 5G baseband, which had to be postponed until 2020.
However, it is impossible for us to see the 5G iPhone using Intel’s baseband in 2020. After Apple and Qualcomm announced the settlement, Intel announced that it will withdraw from the 5G mobile phone baseband business, and has repeatedly postponed that the 5G baseband XMM 8160 will not be officially launched in 2020.
This does not mean that Intel will completely withdraw from the mobile phone baseband business and 5G related fields. The existing 4G baseband products will continue to be supplied, and the iPhone with Intel baseband will have stable supply support. At the same time, Intel’s 5G related services. Will focus on the development of basic network equipment, and will take the data as the center to fight for opportunities.
That is to say, with the exit of the 5G baseband service, the possibility that the average consumer can reach the Intel product at 5G is greatly reduced. However, Intel can still be seen in many devices supporting 5G networks. Due to the high bandwidth, large capacity and low latency of 5G networks, the data processing capabilities of devices will be more stringent. There are still plenty of opportunities for Intel in the business.
Without the previously rumored Intel 5G baseband, how will the iPhone support 5G? The possibility of using Qualcomm’s 5G baseband is extremely high. At present, Qualcomm’s 5G baseband has been adopted by many mobile phone manufacturers, and tests with many operators have been carried out for some time. Before Apple’s self-developed baseband is not yet mature, the use of Qualcomm’s 5G baseband is undoubtedly the safest choice.
However, we may not be able to quickly see the use of Qualcomm baseband on the iPhone. It is less than five months before the new iPhone is launched. It is still a mystery that Qualcomm’s baseband development work can catch up. This year, the iPhone is likely to continue. Use Intel baseband. 4G requires a certain amount of time for research and development, not to mention the time required for the fledgling 5G baseband to be put into formal production.
But one thing we can be sure of: the 5G version of the iPhone launched in 2020 will no longer use the Intel baseband, and the signal problem that is widely criticized may be solved.