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Will anyone be able to step up to the plate by 2020 and bring Apple a decent 5G modem for its iPhones to utilize? One analyst says it's slim pickings.
The modem is capable of handling WI-Fi 6 connections as well as Bluetooth 5. It's an industry first and it's on the Galaxy S10 smartphone series.
Apple keeps on working to depend less on other companies for components in their devices, and now they could be working on cellular modems
From what Qualcomm has impressed the media with, it seems that T-Mobile's customers will be chomping at the bit for 5G towers to use.
Intel steps up to the plate with its cellular connectivity offering for device makers in the 5G age. But it likely won't see daylight until 2020.
The odd sibling from Qualcomm and Intel, MediaTek is prepared to make it over to 5G connectvity within 2019, one way or another.
Qualcomm is very insistent that it can get back to an amicable relationship with Apple as a supplier. But can it with mountains of lawsuits stacked?
After antitrust claims against it, Qualcomm is turning the table against Apple for intellectual property theft to drive down modem costs for the iPhone.
The commission's staff has found that Apple has not violated Qualcomm's patents and that the chipmaker's request would harm competition.
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Qualcomm is said to be the main supplier of modems as it has been for many years. That leaves MediaTek as the alternative for now.
Qualcomm may still be the primary supplier of modems for the iPhone, but the second fiddle position is quite important and is in contention for 2019.
Given the stumbling blocks Qualcomm has in front of it, such as Apple, Chinese regulators and grabby investors, the company has done a good job with the bottom line.
Qualcomm is being accused of using its immovable, dominant position in the modem market to force higher royalties on its clients. Apple is in it to win it.
If supply chain intelligence is verified, it would be the first time ever that Qualcomm would be denied a provisional job for an iPhone.