Apple is expected to release the first iPhones with 5G support in 2020. At least, FastCompany claims this with reference to an insider source. Intel's 8161-5G modem chips are to be used in the new devices.
In advance, Intel had already made the 8160 modem chip available for initial tests with 5G iPhones, but Apple's expectations were not fully met. The fact that 5G relies mostly on a millimeter-wave signal during transmission, the CPUs are probably particularly demanding.
The resulting heat was felt in previous tests outside the housing of the prototype smartphones. Also, the lifetime of the battery could be affected by high levels of thermal energy inside the device.
However, FastCompany's source also claims that Qualcomm has problems with the heat of the 5G chips, which is why Apple claims to continue its partnership with Intel. Apple itself did not want to comment on FastCompany.
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