Intel rebuffs report, still plans to supply 5G modems for 2020 devices

“Despite a report yesterday claiming that Intel 5G modem development delays could prevent Apple from launching a 5G iPhone next year, Intel says that it’s still planning to supply its XMM 8160 5G modem for 2020 devices,” Jeremy Horwitz reports for VentureBeat. “That sounds like good news for Apple, which is sitting out early 5G deployments as it waits on Intel, and fights court battles with leading 5G chipmaker Qualcomm.”

“That timeline was called into question yesterday when Fast Company reported that Intel ‘has been missing deadlines for the development of the chip,’ and that ‘Apple has lost confidence in Intel to deliver’ it, according to a source,” Horwitz reports. “In a statement to VentureBeat, however, Intel suggested that its XMM 8160 launch plans remain the same. ‘As we said in November 2018,’ a spokesperson said, ‘Intel plans to support customer device launches in 2020 with its XMM 8160 5G multimode modem.'”

“In recent months, Apple has stepped up hiring for its own 5G modem development team,” Horwitz reports. “The Cupertino-based company announced that it would open an expansive campus in San Diego, close to Qualcomm’s headquarters, for wireless chip engineering.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Ignore the noise. Apple will have a 5G iPhone when it needs a 5G iPhone.

Qualcomm president on Apple’s 5G modem ‘struggles’: They have our phone number – April 5, 2019
Analyst: Apple is a year away from a 5G iPhone and could struggle to find components for it – March 5, 2019
Loup Ventures: Apple will be one of 5G’s biggest beneficiaries – March 1, 2019
With 5G hype high, smartphone users risk disappointment – February 25, 2019
Intel modem announcement likely means no 5G iPhone until 2020 – February 22, 2019
Verizon to launch 5G service in 30 cities this year – February 21, 2019
Why you should not waste your money on a ‘5G’ phone in 2019 – February 9, 2019
Sprint sues AT&T for peddling fake 5G label on a 4G service – February 8, 2019
Some AT&T iPhones displaying misleading ‘5G E’ icon in iOS 12.2 beta – February 4, 2019
AT&T says it will have nationwide 5G by early 2020 – January 9, 2019
Apple will wait until at least 2020 to release a 5G iPhone – December 3, 2018
More evidence that Apple’s building its own cellular modem – July 31, 2017
Apple’s next-gen iPhones said to lack 5G modem to match rivals’ data speed – June 9, 2017


    1. 5G is not a big pen. It’s just a distraction. Only 0.0001% of the world is wired for 5G. That will be the case for most of 2019. Then in 2020 we’ll start getting to 0.001% of the world being wired for 5G. By 2021 it will probably get to 0.01%. Maybe by 2022 we’ll then get to 0.1%, and hopefully by 2023 we’ll finally get to 1% of the world being 5G ready.

      5G is a very tiny pen. it’s disgraceful and skumbukkets like Samesung think that 5G is going to make a difference? Samesung thinks it has a huge pen but its pen is tiny.

  1. I’ve thought that the reports on Intel’s issues with modems might be fake news considering the way much of tech media seems to treat Apple. Guess we’ll find out.

    The other question is, considering the minimal rollout of 5G at this time, and while it will grow, IF your current device is a couple years old, waiting another year just for 5G seems like a waste of a year. You may not even get any benefits from the wait that you would if you upgrade this year even without 5G.

    Why wait for 5G? there is no guarantee that you’re going to get blazing speed for a host of technical reasons and you may not even live or work anywhere its rolling out now or soon. Plus, do you “really” need that speed for most of what you do on your iPhone over LTE, I sort of doubt it.

    1. But the concern for the adaptation of 5G — which I don’t want due to possible negative cumulative health effects — is not technical; It’s perceptual. As a MDN commenter mentioned elsewhere; It will give first adopters good, if unwarranted, publicity which is a win even if temporary.

      1. But the concern for the adaptation of 5G – which I don’t want due to possible negative shrinkage affects on my pens and brushes – is not technical, but superstitious voodoo. As I am an MDN commenter of note, with a very large pen to be waving around, those who have seen it and adopted it first give good, if unwarranted publicity (because life shouldn’t revolve around pen sizes) – which is still a win for me and my huge ego (and pen), even if temporary.

    2. Historically, Apple has been conservative about adding expensive components to its devices to provide capabilities that very few consumers will actually use out of the box. That isn’t a “Pipeline Tim” thing. The original iPhone as announced by Steve Jobs was not a 3G device, even though 3G networks were more common at the time than 5G is today. His Steveness insisted that the extra utility for a few users did not justify the added expense for everyone else.

      The tech-savvy early adopters who need 5G (or want it for the bragging rights) are precisely the same people who buy a new phone every year or so, so they will have an iPhone 5G by the time the networks are widespread. The kind of folk who hang on to a smartphone for half a decade will never miss the faster downloads.

    1. I know you’re just being sarcastic, but for those who don’t understand the /s tag and just read your comment verbatim, well, they can certainly be forgiven for simply thinking that, as your name describes, you’re wrong. Again.

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