On Wednesday, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon said he was working to develop a 5G distribution module solution for Apple’s iPhone. This is the first major project the two companies reached in April of the new partnership program. At the SnapDragon technology summit, Ammon spoke of a years-old licensing agreement between Qualcomm and Apple, saying the priority is to launch a 5G version of the iPhone,media PCMag reported.
“The first priority of a partnership with Apple is how to help them launch their 5G phones as quickly as possible, ” says Mr Amon. To do this, Apple may not use Qualcomm’s RF front end (a combination of antennas, tuners, and other circuits between network signals and cellular distribution modules of the device). Apple may redesign the RF front end in the 5G process because the right combination of components enhances access and use of 5G technology.
Amon hinted that Apple was finalizing its 5G iPhone modem settings when the two companies settled a global legal dispute in April. So Apple could rely on Qualcomm’s SnapDragon distribution module, whose front end may be assembled from components from other manufacturers, as will the 5G phones, which will debut at least 2020.
“We’ve had a multi-year agreement with Apple, not for a year or two, but for a multi-year purchase agreement for our SnapDragon distribution module,” Mr Amon said. We don’t expect anything from the front end, especially because we’re late. We’re working together later than expected, so we’re trying to get as fast as we can, get the job done, and help Apple launch the 5G phone as planned, based on what they’ve done before. “
PCMag points out that if Apple were to make an iPhone model compatible with mmWave 5G technology, it would need to use Qualcomm parts because the chipmaker was the only antenna maker compatible with the networks operated by Verizon and AT?T. That’s in line with Tuesday’s analyst report, which said two of the four iPhones Apple plans to sell next year will support the mmWave 5G. All four models are considered compatible with the slower but more robust 5G spectrum below 6GHz.