Apple Insider: Apple thinks 5G is now a 'required feature'

All 2020 iPhones will have 5G... thanks to Apple's $1 billion acquisition of Intel's modem business.

Published Sun, Jul 28 2019 8:12 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:47 AM CST

The pieces of Apple's next-gen iPhone are quickly coming together, where in the last few months we've gone from Apple securing a multi-year deal on 5G with Qualcomm, to Apple acquiring Intel's modem division for $1 billion.

Apple Insider: Apple thinks 5G is now a 'required feature' |

In early April it was rumored that Apple wouldn't have a 5G-capable iPhone until 2021, largely because of the Qualcomm issues (at the time) as well as the problems Intel was having with its modem and in particular, its in-development 5G modem. Fast forward to last week and rumors swirled rather quick that Apple was in "advanced talks" to acquire Intel's modem division.

Then just 3 days ago Apple confirmed it had acquired Intel's modem division in a deal worth $1 billion, a move that will see Apple getting 5G modems into its new 2020 range of iPhones faster. The new iPhone is also expected to have a super-snappy 120Hz refresh rate, bringing it up to the levels of the high-end gaming phones in the Razer Phone 2 and new ASUS ROG Phone II.

Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo has said that Apple will have three different new iPhones in 2020, and all of them will roll out with 5G connectivity.


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