Apple to launch 5G iPhones in 2020 with Snapdragon X55 Modem

According to a report by Nikkei Asian Review, Apple is set to enter the 5G space in 2020. They reported that the company is mobilizing suppliers in order to ship as many as 80 million 5G iPhones in the calendar year 2020. The report also conveyed that Apple will come with three flagship 5G iPhone models in 2020 which will carry Qualcomm 5G modem chips.

We might even see a combination of Apple’s next-generation A14 Bionic chip along with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem chip. Just to let you know, Apple A14 Bionic is rumored to be the company’s first chip that is built with a 5nm technology process. It should be noted that back in April, the two companies settled their patent dispute.

A shift from 7nm to 5nm technology will allow the chip to house more technology on the same surface and thus will make it more efficient. Since Huawei is expected to unveil its next Kirin processor based on 5nm technology, it is unlikely that this combo chip will be the first-ever 5nm chip. It should be remembered that back in 2018, Huawei crossed Qualcomm to deliver the world’s first 7nm chip, Kirin 980 and in 2019, Huawei continued its legacy with the Kirin 990 chip which is the first-ever chip to embed a 5G modem.

This Wednesday, Apple reported that in the 4th quarter of this year, the company touched a  record revenue of $ 64 billion (up 2 % year on year) but iPhone sales declined down 9.2 % and brought only a revenue of $ 33.36 billion.

In addition, the company revealed that it has set a new Q4 earnings record in several markets including the US, India, Brazil, and some southeast Asian countries. Whether the 5G iPhones will boost the company’s iPhone sales forward or not remains to be seen.