The primary goal of the renewed relationship between Qualcomm and Apple is to get the iPhone to market on time. Rumors say Apple's 5G iPhones will be available in the fall of 2020. That's the priority, "said Amon.
Given the need to get the phone out at the right time, Amon said the first 5G iPhone agony will use Qualcomm modems but may not cover the whole Qualcomm RF front end. An RF front-end contains the circuitry between components such as antenna and receiver and is important for signal amplification from different networks.
As PCMag executes, Qualcomm has named its latest Snapdragon modem chip as a "modem RF system".
Instead, Apple will likely use its own technology and components along with Qualcomm's modems in the "iPhone" line of 2020, as the company did in previous years. Apple will, however, have to use Qualcomm millimeter-wave antenna modules in the making of the Currently only components that are compatible with the Verizon 5G networks and AT & T.
According to rumors, all Apple iPhones will use 5G by 2020. However, a rumor from yesterday said that not all iPhones may support both mmWave and 5G-5G sub-6GHz technology, which is currently in the works.
High-end devices may be able to take advantage of mmWave and 5G at less than 6GHz, while Apple's lower-cost devices may be limited to less than 6GHz networks.
mmWave is the fastest 5G technology, but is limited to large cities and urban areas due to its limited range. Sub-6GHz 5G is slower than mmWave 5G, but can be used in suburban and rural areas while still offering speeds over 4G LTE.
Apple and Qualcomm have settled their long-running lawsuit in April and signed a multi-year agreement that will allow Apple to deploy Qualcomm modems for its devices in the future. Apple was forced to reach an agreement with Qualcomm after Intel could not meet Apple's fashion requirements.
Intel eventually sold most of its smartphone modem business in July. While Apple is working on its own modem chips, it will depend on Qualcomm in the near future. With the late agreement between Apple and Qualcomm, the two had to hurry to prepare the Qualcomm technology for the iPhone 2020.
"We probably got engaged again later than we both want, and I think we worked together to try to do as much as possible and get as much out of what they did before so we can actually start a 5G phone on time, "Amon said.
Amon continued that Qualcomm has a "multi-year contract" with Apple. "We are not expecting any front-end expectations, especially because we set it very late," Amon said. Overall, Amon said that he was "very satisfied" with the progress made. "I expect you to have a great device."