The report isn’t entirely out of the blue, either — late last month, Bloomberg reported on a research note from Northland analyst Gus Richard that claimed that Apple would be looking to move away from #Intel’s modems for ones made by MediaTek instead. And that’s in addition to the rumors from earlier this year that Apple would be looking to ditch Intel’s chips in its Mac products in 2020 — timing that lines up with the report, too.
In a statement issued to The Verge, an Intel representative commented that “Intel’s 5G customer engagements and roadmap have not changed for 2018 through 2020. We remain committed to our 5G plans and projects,” although it doesn’t address claims that Intel will no longer be providing Wi-Fi or Bluetooth chips.
As a result, Calcalist’s report also notes that Intel has since stopped development of that chip — code named Sunny Peak — given that Apple was expected to be the “main volume driver” for the modem. Instead, Intel is said to be focusing on improving the planned product to try and woo Apple with a better product for the company’s 2022 lineup.
Apple may be moving away from using Intel’s modems in future iPhones, with a new report from Calcalist claiming that the Cupertino company has notified Intel that it will not be using the chipmaker’s upcoming Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in its 2020 product lineup (via 9to5Mac.)