Apple and Intel are reportedly engaged in talks over technology that would bring support for 5G wireless broadband to the iPhone.
According to Fast Company, citing anonymous sources, Apple engineers favor Intel’s technology despite Qualcomm being the industry’s dominant modem supplier. With everything going on between Apple and Qualcomm, it makes sense that Apple would look elsewhere as it plans for the future.
Apple and Intel began a relationship starting with the iPhone 7 in 2016, so there’s already rapport between executives at both companies.
Apparently, Intel has “multiple thousands” of engineers working on 5G, with a partnership said to be a “must-win” for Intel. Today’s news arrives as Intel, which announced its 5G Modem earlier this year, said it successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon.
Apple, for its part, is planning to introduce an iPhone with 5G support by 2019. The 5G modem inside of the iPhone is only a small part of the equation. Carriers will need to update their infrastructure in order to support the faster speeds.
If all goes according to plan, an iPhone equipped with a 5G modem will be capable of gigabit internet speeds. Basically, you’ll have no issue streaming Netflix in 4K while on the go.
It’s unclear what shape the iPhone will take in 2019, but one thing is for sure: It’ll get blazing fast download speeds, and help usher in a new frontier of modem technology.