In terms of telecommunication technologies, Apple is one step back of its rivals.
Many smartphone manufacturers are planning to offer 5G connectivity models in 2019. However, Apple’s name among these brands is not much. According to a report by UBS analyst Timothy Arcuri, Apple may not be able to published its 5G modems by 2021.
Qualcomm and Intel modems
There are five different companies that Apple can buy 5G modems, but some are not yet an option for Apple. Currently Apple’s most likely supplier is Intel. The US based semiconductor manufacturer is a modem supplier of iPhone XS and iPhone XR, in addition to its old iPhone models.
But when it comes to 5G, Intel is one step back of its rivals. Intel has recently announced that it will be able to produce 5G modems in the first half of 2020, but according to Arcuri, 5G modems are impossible to grow on this date. Another strong candidate, Qualcomm, is that the two companies are unlikely to co-operate with Apple, which is currently the case.
Samsung, Huawei, and MediaTek
Another company that can be a supplier for Apple’s 5G modem is Samsung. As it is known, Samsung also supplies Apple ‘s OLED screens. But when it comes to business 5G modems, it’s clear that Samsung won’t share as much as OLED screens. In particular, the brand will be the Galaxy S10 5G and the 5G Galaxy Note 10 that will be released this year.
Another candidate, Huawei. In addition to tensions between the US and China, the US has accused Huawei of espionage. MediaTek’s modems are not yet at the level that Apple wants.
Apple is close to almost impossible to work with different suppliers, so according to reports, Apple is producing its own 5G modems, and these modems will be available in 2021. However, if the 5G modem cannot be supplied, the completion date of the modems can be taken forward.