Apple's 5G iPhone May Rely on a Custom Antenna

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2020

While Apple's competitors have already launched multiple 5G phones, including the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S20 - Apple hasn't done it yet. In the end, Apple realized that Qualcomm's 5G offer was the best in its class, and I made a deal with the company and it was chose to release the 5G iPhone devices powered by the Qualcomm X55 modem. There are also reports that Apple could use Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 for the 5G connectivity but even those are a bit thicker. But a new report from Fast Company indicates that Apple is looking to limit its reliance on Qualcomm, with the iPhone maker said to be exploring designing its own 5G antenna rather than relying on Qualcomm's existing hardware.

Apple stopped at the QTM 525 millimetre-wave antenna component supplied to it by Qualcomm since it does not match the streamlined commercial style Apple desires for the brand-new phone, a resource with expertise of Apple's prepares informed Fast Company on Friday. Apple is striving for a swish and business design for the iPhone and 12 of the collection.


It's not finalized that Apple will actually use its own 5G antenna for its 2020 iPhones.

The 2020 iPad Pro is expected to launch with a super-fast new processor, and today we're learning the next high-end Apple tablet may also get a cellular speed boost.


This is a better option for the company because having its own 5G antenna system would lessen Apple's dependency on Qualcomm.

If this happens, Apple will settle for a much thicker iPhone 12 5G.


Creating 5G antennas for mmWave networks is harder than creating other kinds of antennas because they send and receive higher frequency signals, leaving less room for error. The second story also says that Time-of-Flight (ToF) 3D cameras that can be used for augmented reality (AR) will be included in all 5G iPhones and iPads set to launch this year.

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