November 20th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
Apple is leaning heavily toward Intel's flavor of 5G for a future iPhone, a source with knowledge tells Fast Company.
The iPhone maker's engineers have been engaged with Intel counterparts for early work on 5G, the upcoming technology for next-generation wireless broadband, our source says, while dialog between Apple and the dominant modem supplier in the industry, Qualcomm, has been limited.
5G is in early development with specifications yet to be established, but Intel did announce its first 5G modem earlier this year. Also, there's likely significant work to be done with wireless networks to get the new standard up and running. It's speculated we may not see an iPhone with 5G until 2019 or 2020, but as we've seen, the roadmap for iPhone features stretches multiple years.