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Apple said to be designing its own antenna for the 5G iPhone

By Cookie Monster - on 15 Feb 2020, 9:35am

Apple said to be designing its own antenna for the 5G iPhone

Apple's first 5G iPhone is expected to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 chip.

Apple is reportedly working on its own 5G antenna for the next generation iPhone models. 

A source with knowledge of Apple's plans told Fast Company that Apple did not like the Qualcomm QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna design as it doesn't fit into the sleek design requirements of the 5G iPhone. The source added that the 5G iPhones are likely using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem chip.

While Apple is working on its own 5G antenna, the source said the iPhone maker could go back to using the QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna design if things do not work out.

Antenna design is a tricky matter for Apple; the poor antenna design on the iPhone 4 resulted in dropped calls when the phone was held in a certain way. Apple's recent antenna design is said to consume twice as much power as comparable antennas to deliver the same amount of radio signal. There is also less room for error when designing and manufacturing 5G antennas. A slight imperfection in the antenna design could lead to connection issues in the future.

For now, Apple has to rely on Qualcomm to supply 5G modem chips for future iPhones under a multi-year suppy deal. It could take Apple at least another four years before it can deploy its own 5G modems.

Source: Fast Company