“Apple products with custom 5G modem could arrive in 2021”

“After announcing plans to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business, Apple is getting straight to work on a custom 5G modem. According to Reuters, this custom hardware could arrive in new Apple products as soon as 2021.

Here’s what Reuters said, citing anonymous sources:

A person familiar with the matter said Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s modem technology for a 5G iPhone in 2020 but wants to have an internally developed 5G modem technology ready for use in some of its products by 2021.

It’s an ambitious timeline, but Apple has already said its acquisition of Intel’s smartphone modem business will expedite development on future products. Here’s what Johny Srouji, Apple’s Senior Vice President of hardware technologies, had to say when announcing the acquisition of Intel.

Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they’ll thrive in Apple’s creative and dynamic environment. They, together with our significant acquisition of innovative IP, will help expedite our development on future products and allow Apple to further differentiate moving forward.”

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