Intel Kills Off 5G Modem Project After Losing 2020 iPhone Contract


A new report indicates that Apple might be giving up on its partnership with Intel for 5G iPhone modems, as the Cupertino-based tech giant is exploring other options, including building its own chips.

Israeli website CTech by Calcalist writes that Intel lost the contract for supplying 5G modems to Apple for the 2020 iPhone generation, so instead the company decided to kill off the project entirely, moving the whole team to other divisions.

While Apple considering alternatives isn’t a new thing, giving up on Intel chips so fast is definitely a surprise and today’s decision to halt modem development shows the scale of the impact losing an Apple contract could have on a specific business.

MediaTek to the rescue

More recently, rumors swirling around the web suggested that Apple is more interested in signing a modem deal with MediaTek. With contracts for the 2018 and 20… (read more)

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