Qualcomm Sees Strong Q4 Earnings Thanks to 5G iPhone 12

Qualcomm earned $8.3 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to the company’s earnings report that was shared today. That’s up 73 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019, with Qualcomm’s strong performance due in part to the 5G chips used in the iPhone 12 and other smartphones on the market. As […]

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iPhone 12 Lineup’s mmWave 5G Support Limited to the United States

As expected, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is compatible with faster 5G networks, but Apple’s website confirms that support for high-frequency mmWave bands is limited to models sold in the United States. This includes compatibility with Verizon’s new 5G Ultra Wideband network, which as of today is available in 55 cities across the country. mmWave […]

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iPhone 12 May See 5G Connectivity Issues in the UK

The upcoming iPhone 12 may have serious issues connecting to 5G in the United Kingdom, reports The Telegraph. The report cites “industry insiders” who say that ‌iPhone 12‌ models may not support the 700MHz 5G band. Lower-spectrum bands such as 700MHz are crucial to 5G coverage since they are far-reaching and penetrate well through walls […]

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AT&T Already Working on 6G, Says 5G iPhones Might Not Be ‘Massive Event’ Due to Economic Uncertainty

Apple’s upcoming launch of 5G iPhones might not be a “massive event” due to economic uncertainty amid the global health crisis, AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh said in a paywalled interview published by CNBC. “I do believe that you will see many of the iPhone subscribers move to upgrade to the device,” said McElfresh. “But […]

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mmWave vs. Sub-6GHz 5G iPhones: What’s the Difference?

All of the iPhones in Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup will have Qualcomm modems that support 5G, but potential buyers need to know that not all 5G networks are equal. There’s the super fast mmWave (millimeter wave) 5G and the slower but more widespread Sub-6GHz 5G. There have been mixed rumors about which ‌iPhone 12‌ models […]

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Apple’s AirPods Pro Tech Could Lead to Larger Capacity Batteries in 5G iPhones

Future 5G iPhone models could feature larger capacity batteries or more compact battery modules than those found in existing handsets, thanks to Apple’s adoption of key integrative technologies first seen in the company’s AirPods Pro wireless headphones. DigiTimes today reports that Apple is looking to move towards the combined use of system-in-package (SiP) and flexible […]

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Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones to Support Both Sub-6GHz and mmWave, But That Might Change in 2021

Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup will feature 5G support for the first time, and several rumors have suggested that the new iPhones coming this year are expected to support both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks, which are two different 5G technologies that carriers are rolling out. mmWave, the fastest 5G technology, will be used in dense urban […]

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DigiTimes Claims 2020 iPhones Will Use Qualcomm X60 Modem, Despite Previous Rumors Agreeing on X55

Apple is widely expected to release its first 5G iPhones later this year, and multiple sources have indicated that these models will be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem, including analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and the Nikkei Asian Review. To the contrary, a paywalled snippet from DigiTimes today claims that Apple’s chipmaking partner TSMC will begin […]

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More Analysts Expect mmWave iPhones to Launch Later Than Sub-6GHz Models

Apple is expected to unveil its first 5G-enabled iPhones in September, but some analysts believe that models with support for ultra-fast mmWave technology will likely launch after sub-6GHz models due to production challenges and the global health crisis. Apple is believed to be designing its own antenna-in-package or “AiP” module for mmWave iPhones, potentially contributing […]

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Qualcomm Introduces Snapdragon X60, Smaller 5G Modem Suitable for 2021 iPhones

Qualcomm this week introduced the Snapdragon X60, its third-generation 5G modem for mobile devices. The company says the first 5G smartphones featuring the X60 are expected to launch early next year.Built on a 5nm process, the X60 packs higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint compared to its 7nm-based predecessor, the Snapdragon X55. In the […]

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Apple Designing 5G iPhone Antenna Module In-House After Being Dissatisfied With Qualcomm’s Version

Apple is designing the antenna module that will be used in its 5G iPhones in-house because it was unhappy with the version that Qualcomm designed, reports Fast Company, citing a source with knowledge of Apple’s plans.Apple reportedly “balked” at the design of the QTM 525 5G millimeter-wave antenna module offered by Qualcomm because it “doesn’t […]

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FCC Opens Up 3.5GHz Spectrum for Full Commercial Use, Apple’s Newest iPhones Already Offer Support

The United States Federal Communications Commission today cleared the way for OnGo [PDF], a wireless product spearheaded by the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service Alliance (CBRS) that aims to use the 3.5GHz band for a range of applications, including improving data speeds and connectivity across the United States on both 4G and 5G networks.The CBRS Alliance […]

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Apple Supplier Shrinks Down Capacitors Needed for 5G iPhone, Freeing Up Valuable Internal Space

Apple is planning to implement 5G technology in all of the iPhones coming in 2020, and Apple’s suppliers are gearing up for the transition. One supplier, Murata Manufacturing, recently developed an “ultrasmall” version of a key electronic component, which will allow Apple to free up a bit of valuable space in its 5G iPhones. According […]

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