Numerous smartphone manufacturers stated that they are working on their first-ever 5G smartphone while on the other hand, telecom wireless carriers have been working on the hardware requirements to get the fifth gen (5G) up and running although probably next year but that’s not important at the moment. We already know that Apple didn’t have any plans to adopt 5G in it iPhones but guess what? According to the reports, Apple might unveil it’s iPhone models with 5G as soon as 2020 if everything goes as per plan.
To shed light on the prospect, Apple will be using Intel 8161 5G modem chips in its 2020 iPhones. On the contrary, Intel will test out the technology with its precursor Intel 8060 5G modem chip in order to combat the heat dissipation which is a ginormous problem when it comes to using the 5G network on a smartphone.
To summarize, carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and others will rely on the millimeter-wave spectrum between 30 gigahertz and 300 gigahertz that will connect first 5G smartphones giving them ultra high-speed downloads and browsing capabilities. But the problem is, millimeter-wave signals work out a lot to get things working which generates heat and in fact, the heat is so intense that the user can feel it outside the phone too. Apple is in talks with Intel for its lack of heat dissipation capability and seems like rolling out 5G technology would put a lot of strain on the chip, will generate more heat, affect battery life and other components as well.
San Diego-based chip maker Qualcomm could have worked on the issue, however, Apple is in dispute with the chip maker and recently broke off making Intel the sole chip supplier for the 2018 iPhones. Apple has roped in chip maker MediaTek which is also reported to release its own 5G modems but it seems like MediaTek will be Apple’s Plan B.
As of now, we know that Apple acquired permission for FCC to conduct testing on millimeter-wave spectrum last year. Apple will have to catch up with technological enhancements over others which might already roll out their 5G phones next year.