Apple Has Another Crack At House Brand 5G Technology
Apple who want to charge a premium price for their smartphones but not pay suppliers for premium, technology has gone back to trying to develop their own 5G modem.
This is the Company who has a track record of delivering flaky connectivity as many iPhone owners remember with the dropped calls problem of the iPhone 4 that led to the Antennagate issue.
Despite a notorious track record in antenna design Apple has reportedly decided to design the antenna for this year’s iPhones, the first models to support 5G technology according to Digital Trends.
Qualcomm will provide the 5G modem chip for the 2020 iPhones, namely the Snapdragon X55, which is also used in the Samsung Galaxy S20 after Apple initially dumped Qualcomm over the cost of their processors. After working with Intel and after a costly legal fight Apple is back cuddling up to Qualcomm reluctantly.
It appears that when Qualcomm offered the QTM 525 millimetre-wave antenna module, Apple decided to pass — because it reportedly did not fit the “sleek industrial design” the company wants for the 2020 iPhones, Fast Company reported.
Apple usually prepares several designs for its products, and according to the report, it is still working on one that uses Qualcomm’s antenna.
The source said it is still possible for Apple to go with this option, which will mean a slightly thicker iPhone than the company wants. Apple will likely have to make a final decision this summer.
Apple has not found success designing its own antennas, notably the dropped calls problem of the iPhone 4 that led to the Antennagate issue. It is also more difficult to design an antenna for 5G devices, according to Fast Company’s source. The 2020 models will be Apple’s first 5G iPhones, and the company has no room for error.