Last week, Apple officially announced the acquisition of most of the mobile modem business from Intel's American chipmaker. The amount of the transaction, which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019, is about 1 billion US dollars. Having bought a modem business, Apple will have more resources to create its own 5G modem.
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According to Reuters, citing a source, thanks to a deal with Intel, Apple will be able to complete work on a 5G modem earlier than originally expected. Own 5G-modem will appear in some Apple devices as early as 2021, while other time frames were previously voiced – between 2022 and 2025.
It is noted that the transition to Apple’s own 5G modems will be phased, and given that the company recently entered into a six-year agreement with Qualcomm, it does not need to rush. Which first Apple product will receive a branded modem with support for fifth-generation cellular networks is not specified. But it could very well be an iPad, not an iPhone.