Apple is expected to launch its first 5G iPhones with Qualcomm's X55 modem this fall, thanks to Apple's and Qualcomm's surprising agreement last year, with which the two companies resumed business to have. However, a recent report by Fast Company shows that Apple is trying to limit its reliance on Qualcomm. The iPhone manufacturer should investigate the development of its own 5G antenna instead of relying on the existing hardware from Qualcomm.
The problem at hand is apparently the size of Qualcomm's QTM525 antenna, especially for access to the faster mmWave version of 5G, which, according to a source from Fast Company for the slim profile of the next iPhones Apple is too big. For this reason, Apple should develop its own antenna system that fits better with the intended iPhone design. Antennas for the mmWave technology are particularly important because the range of the ultra-fast radio technology is relatively short. 5G phones generally require multiple mmWave antennas to ensure good connectivity.
It is not yet certain that Apple will actually use its own 5G antenna for its 2020 iPhones. The company apparently is considering two designs: a thinner one with Apple-made antennas and a thicker one with Qualcomms.
Developing Apple's own 5G antenna system makes a lot of sense because the company's trust in Qualcomm is likely to be temporary. Apple had primarily resolved its ongoing lawsuit against Qualcomm because its then partner, Intel, was unable to provide 5G chips for Apple in the desired period ̵
Apple would buy Intel's entire 5G modem business from him. In this way, Apple was able to use the foundations already provided by Intel for fully customized internal modems, which could be developed from scratch specifically for future iPhones, iPads and other devices.
It may take some time before this group of modems can produce a Qualcomm level product, but for Apple this is almost certainly in sight – and it makes sense to have your own 5G antennas for these possible chips