Apple dropping Intel as radio chip supplier, killing off the product

Apple dropping Intel as radio chip supplier, killing off the product

Intel has now reportedly halted development of this iteration of Sunny Peak and directed the team towards other efforts which Intel hopes will boost its 5G programmes. It appears that Intel will now work to improve Sunny Peak to get the modem into Apple's 2022 devices.

For those who don't know, Intel Sunny Peak is the 5G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip designed by Intel for iPhone.

The Intel communications seen by Calcalist described Apple as the "key mobile customer" for the 5G mobile modem and it expected Apple to be the "main volume driver" for the product. According to Intel, Apple's decision to drop Intel as its supplier for its mobile modem is the result of various factors. According to Calcalis, Apple has informed the chip firm that the 2020 iPhone won't be using Intel 5G modems.

That dream looks like it's on hold now, though. The site reviewed internal company communications confirming the decision. From the iPhone 7 forward, Intel has provided some of the modems for Apple's devices, with Qualcomm handling the rest. These Intel Radio chips are internally codenamed "Sunny Peak" and Intel has halted the production for its chips.


If Apple makes good on both plans, Intel could be in for a real bruisin'.

Although 5G chips in smartphones will be available in 2019, network adaptation is a bit slower, so large-scale rollout of gigabit speeds is expected in 2020.

Intel hasn't confirmed whether or not it'll be supplying Apple with 5G hardware, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if it had been ditched, given that Apple is also said to be moving away from Intel chips in its Mac lineup in favour of its own custom ARM-based chips. Securing a deal with the iPhone maker would strengthen Intel's market position amid the shift to 5G, a set of networking technologies now being implemented by major carriers. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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