Apple is set to launch its 5G iPhone in 2020, according to a source with knowledge of Apple's plans, Fast Company reported.
The source also confirmed that Apple would be using Intel's 8161 5G modem chip in their 2020 smartphone range and will aim to become the sole provider of iPhone modems going forward.
However, there have been some issues between supplier and the iPhone Maker. "Apple, our source says, has been unhappy with Intel lately," reported Fast Company. "The most likely reason relates to the challenge of solving heat dissipation issues caused by the 8060 modem chip."
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But the issues are not serious enough for Apple to be considering reopening conversations with Qualcomm, with whom it has had many public legal disputes with over the last year, over supplying 5G modems, Fast Company noted.
5G is a technology slated for major breakthrough over the next couple of years, as Ericsson forecasts more than 1 billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2023, accounting for around 12% of all mobile subscriptions.
A number of technology giants are in the running to be the first widespread provider of the technology. Huawei announced plans to launch the first foldable 5G-enabled phone next year while T-Mobile and Ericsson unveiled their partnership to rollout T-Mobile's 5G network across the US.