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Apple approached Samsung and MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

Apple approached Samsung and MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

During a sworn statement trial between Qualcomm and the U.S Federal Trade Commission on Friday, Apple’s supply chain government Tony Blevins shared that the corporate held talks with MediaTek and Samsung to supply 5G modem chips for the iPhone. 

Blevins testifed that Apple has all the time needed to have a number of suppliers for the modem chips, however it signed an settlement with Qualcomm to solely supply the modem chips in trade for deep rebates on patent license prices. This prompted Apple to finish work with Intel to supply modem chips for the iPad Mini 2 because it didn’t need to lose the rebates through the use of Intel’s chips. 

When price negotiations with Qualcomm didn’t go in addition to it had anticipated, Apple determined to begin “Project Antique” to discover a second modem provider. Apple additionally begun utilizing Intel’s modems in a few of the iPhones from 2016 to 2017, and its lawsuit towards Qualcomm over unfair royalty charges modified the connection “in a really profound and destructive method”. 

“The complete idea of Project Antique was to discover a second provider. No offense to (Intel) however we don’t need to be single provider with them. We needed each Qualcomm and (Intel) within the combine,” Blevins stated. 

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While Blevins didn’t reveal whether or not Apple had selected a 5G modem provider or whether or not it will launch a 5G iPhone this 12 months, he stated speaking with Samsung is “not a really perfect atmosphere” for Apple as each firms compete fiercely within the smartphone market. 

Blevins’ testimony confirms earlier rumors of Apple speaking with MediaTek for 5G modems. The Wall Street Journal reported in November 2017 that Apple was planning to drop Qualcomm chips from the iPhone and the iPad, and {that a} potential provider might be MediaTek. DigiTimes adopted up with an analogous report by claiming that MediaTek is in a superb place to safe modem chip orders from Apple. In July 2018, DigiTimes reported once more that Apple was contemplating MediaTek’s modems for future iPhones. 

It stays to be seen whether or not Apple will roll out a 5G iPhone this 12 months. Fast Company reported two months in the past that Apple’s first 5G iPhone will solely arrive in 2020. Bloomberg additionally reported that Apple is probably going to wait so long as a 12 months after the preliminary deployment of 5G networks earlier than releasing a 5G iPhone. 

Source: Reuters

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