Rumor suggests Apple’s 5G iPhone might depend on a customized antenna

That is as a result of, in response to the rumor, the thickness-obsessed designers at Apple have a customized antenna — they purchased Intel’s tech final 12 months for a motive — that makes the 5G iPhone sleeker than is feasible if the corporate depends on Qualcomm’s.

Plus, regardless that Qualcomm and Apple have squashed their beef over royalties, the declare is that Apple would like to make use of as few of the opposite firm’s parts as doable to maintain from paying them extra. That the cellphone will use a Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G — identical to Samsung’s fashions — is outwardly a given, however the selection between the 2 choices is reportedly in play for no less than a number of extra weeks.


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That is as a result of finally Apple wants to select and start manufacturing of the gadgets — to not point out equipment like circumstances — earlier than they’re launched and go on sale within the fall. The extra wrinkle, after all, is the complexity of 5G tech that is nonetheless comparatively new, and Apple’s struggles utilizing its personal antenna design within the iPhone four.