FTC Qualcomm trial
One of the interesting twists that has appeared in the FTC investigation into Qualcomm is that it transpires that Intel had an opportunity to invest in 4G and LTE and it confirmed to the court that it decided not to do it, as part of its business strategy.
Investigation: Chose Not To
Apple COO Jeff Williams’ testimony in the FTC Trial, that Qualcomm did not want to sell modems to Apple, appears misleading. Bloomberg’s Ian King viewed emails between Qualcomm’s CEO, Steve Molenkopf, and Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams, and from his article, it was rather clear that negotiations were ongoing, and that Qualcomm wanted to sell modems despite the licensing dispute.
From 2G to 5G in 2H 2019
Intel has announced its XMM 8160 5G modem that supports all the "Gs" from 2G to 5G NR and it plans to ship the modem in 2H 2019 so expect it in phones and PCs in early 2020.
Ahead of planned schedule
Intel has unveiled its latest XMM 8160 5G modem, which supports both the older standard but also brings 5G speeds with peak speeds of up to 6Gbps.
Each year Intel invests some $2 billon to please one large modem customer - Apple - and the level of investment will likely increase in the near 5G future.
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iPhone XS and XS Max have started reaching their early adaptors, and at the same time iFixit managed to dismantle it and tell us which chips are inside of the precious overpriced phone.
Apple lover stuck with slower choice
Qualcomm has been signaling since the beginning of the 2018 that it might not end up in Apple's iPhone 2018 and at its last financial conference call it officially confirmed it.
Not an early adopter
Apple is known for not being an early adopter when it comes to new wireless standards. According to people close to the matter, Apple 2019 iPhone won’t have 5G capability. Intel might even be ready with its 5G PC solution.
Apple has painted itself into a corner
Apple's gamble that it could bully Qualcomm into reducing its costs for its broadband chips by using Intel's lower tech options appears to have backfired and now Jobs' Mob is forced to stick with Chipzilla.
4x4 and the power of the modem
Sony made a splashy announcement of the Xperia XZ2 phone powered by the Snapdragon 845. It decided to focus on the power of its download communication demo and showed that within two years, the maximum download speed rose from 600 Mbps to 1.2 Gbps.