Barclays investment analysts today said in a research report that they initially thought Qualcomm would be able to deliver the 5G modems to Apple, but now believe that time seems "tight" Unless the two companies can settle their fierce litigation over the next few weeks.
Already in November it was reported that Apple will instead use Intel as a provider of 5G modems. However, Barclays analysts believe that the modem design for 2020 iPhones "must be fixed now" and expected availability of Intel by the end of 201
Apple recently announced discussions with Samsung and MediaTek as potential alternative suppliers. However, it is unclear whether these companies could meet Apple's production, performance, and cost requirements.
It is reported that Apple is also working on its own cellular modems, but research and development seems to be in its infancy.
Last week, Intel confirmed that the first consumer products with its 5G chips are expected to hit the market in 2020. In the same year, in which Apple is to bring the first 5G-able iPhone on the market, the data speed is accelerated.