Apple might ship its first 5G iPhones in 2020

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The first 5G-capable iPhones from Apple, reportedly expected in the latter half of 2020, will be fitted with Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem.

Qualcomm unveiled its second-gen Snapdragon X55 5 G modem, claiming to be 40% faster than its predecessor, back in February just ahead of Barcelona’s annual Mobile World Congress. The announcement came while Apple and Qualcomm were still at odds, but the two decided to set aside their differences and drop all patent litigation around the world in the months to follow.

The 5G iPhone range will consist of three different models, sources told Nikkei, carrying Qualcomm’s 5 G modem chip. Apple and Qualcomm settled their patent battle in April, which was a major move for Apple to expand into 5G devices, covering several nations.

Analysts say that 5G iPhones may provide a boost to Apple’s iPhone sales, which have declined in recent years as customers keep their models longer. A recent survey by Piper Jaffray found that current users of the U.S. iPhone could hold out on the newly released iPhone 11 series, anticipating an upcoming 5G phone. The firm found 23 per cent of the 1,050 current iPhone owners surveyed would be upgraded to an IP of $1,200.

Since then, Apple has bought Intel’s smartphone modem business and hopes to build this important in-house element, a project that could take several years.

For the purposes of this post, Apple declined to comment. Qualcomm did not answer questions.

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