Apple reportedly designing its own 5G antenna
After acquiring Intel's modem business, it looks to develop its own 5G modem to replace Qualcomm's design
Apple does intend to come out with a 5G enabled iPhone, trouble is they don't quite like Qualcomm's QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna module and wants to design its own antenna.
A report from Fast Company found that a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans told that Apple wants the new iPhone to have a sleek design and may resort to using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem chip, the same that's currently out in Samsung's Galaxy S20. However Apple want to get away with not paying too many royalties to Qualcomm, a dispute that saw both companies battle out in court.
Apple will have a lot to prove when it brings its first 5G device out to market. As iPhone 4 users would remember that the device would drop calls when held in a certain way so the company can't risk another "5G antennagate".
Whatever happens, however, we'll get a clear picture when the details emerge over the summer to see the next iPhone launch later this year.