A new report from CTech claims Apple will not be using Intel 5G modem chips in future iPhones in the future. The chip producer is said to have halted development of part required to enable 5G cellular communications in upcoming Apple handsets.
Intel will not provide 5G modems for Apple’s 2020 mobile devices, according to internal company communications reviewed by Calcalist, and people familiar with the matter. Apple has notified Intel it would not use a mobile modem developed by the chipmaker in its next-generation mobile device, Intel executives said in the communications. Further development of the modem component internally called “Sunny Peak” has been halted and the Intel team that’s working on the product will be redirected to other efforts, the executives said.
It is believed the development will affect iPhones set to launch in 2020.
Intel had been developing a new chipset codenamed “Sunny Peak,” which combined 5G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth radios. Intel was developing the chip for use by Apple, with the hope Apple would be the “main volume driver” for the part.
Intel executives continue to believe the chip producer can improve the component, possibly for use in Apple devices that will debut in 2022.