Apple May have 5G for 2020
Apple may release a 5G-ready iPhone in 2020.
16:19 01 May 2019
Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent disputes after dragging each other to court for the past two years often to figure out who has the rights to what technology and who needs to pay for using it.
Surprisingly, the two sides have struck a settlement ending a trial just as opening arguments came to a close. The settlement puts an end to all lawsuits filed against other in courts in Germany, China, the USA and other countries. According to a joint statement, Apple will make an unspecified payment to Qualcomm and the two company will sign a six-year licensing agreement that includes a two-year option to extend and a multi year chipset supply agreement.
Analysts speculated that the settlement is spurred by Apple’s need for 5G chips. Apple was previously looking at Intel to deliver 5G modems but it meant that it had to wait until 2021 for Intel’s chip to be ready.
Apple and Qualcomm’s settlement meant that 5G-ready iPhone will hit the market sooner than expected, analysts speculate. A source said that although “it is too late for Apple to use Qualcomm’s chip this year”, it will be able to purchase 5G modem chips by next year after the deal is finalised.