Apple Considering Partnership with Intel for 5G iPhone
When it comes to their hardware, Apple normally prefers to work alone to ensure that they have complete control over the final product. This allows them to make sure their hardware and software are always compatible. However, they can’t make all of the chips themselves so they have to partner with other firms and it has been reported that Apple will be working with Intel to develop a 5G-capable iPhone.
Traditionally, Apple has worked with Qualcomm when it comes to developing chips for the iPhone. However, reports state that the talks between them and Qualcomm have been “limited.”
This news comes shortly after Intel announced that it had successfully completed a “a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon.” This announcement represents a big step for Intel and goes against the conventional wisdom that Qualcomm is the leader in this field.
The source, who has not been named, suggests that Intel is hoping to work with Apple on the next iPhone for a couple of key reasons. The first is the obvious money that such a partnership would bring, but the second is more longterm. Intel is hoping that it will boast their reputation in the mobile market since Apple is seen as one of the leaders in the smartphone industry.
The report suggests that Intel has thousands of people working on this project though those numbers cannot be confirmed. Regardless, it is clear that Intel is taking the development of 5G seriously and sees it as an opportunity to expand its market reach.
Aside from Intel’s promising start, Apple may also be looking to break with Qualcomm due to Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the company. Given the current troubles in its relationship with Qualcomm, it makes sense that the company may be looking for other partners.
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