Apple Dumps Intel, Won't Use 5G Modems in 2020 iPhones
Apple has decided to pass on Intel's offer to make their 5G modem for their 2020 iPhones, resulting in the chipmaker to discontinue development of the component altogether.
The report from Calcalist details that the 5G modem - codenamed "Sunny Peak" - was manufactured almost solely for Apple, leaving Intel to push their efforts elsewhere internally. But this shouldn't come as a huge surprise as analysts have pointed to Apple moving away from Intel's modems for MediaTek instead. Of course, Intel was a more recent pickup, as the company has been historically using Qualcomm up until a long-running dispute with the company resulted in multiple lawsuits.
MediaTek has already invaded some of Apple's products, entering the HomePod chain of manufacturers and has been in Apple's good graces for the past few quarters. And even though Apple would like to ditch Intel chips in their 2020 line of Mac products, it's too early to totally count Intel out. To that point, you can't really count Qualcomm out either. Both have proven to be reliable in terms of production and technology.