The rumored Apple iPhone 5G could have a homemade antenna


The rumored iPhone 5G could come with an antenna designed by Apple.

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Apple is reportedly designing its own antenna for the rumored iPhone 5G that could hit stores in 2020. The tech giant could skip the Qualcomm antenna component because it is not smart enough for Apple's needs, Fast Company reported. citing unidentified sources on Friday.

While Apple's competitors have already launched multiple 5G phones, including the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S20 – Apple hasn't done it yet. Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will introduce three 5G phones in 2020.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The phone giant is also planned to launch the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in September, it is rumored that iPhones come in dark blue with a larger screen. the The iPhone 2020 could also come with Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

The history of the tech giant working with Qualcomm on its phones is long and complex. Originally, Apple had used phone chips from the German company Infineon when it first launched the iPhone, before switching to Qualcomm in 2011. Intel then bought Infineon in 2011, but those chips were not used again until the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 after a dispute over Qualcomm license fees.

Apple and Qualcomm resolved their legal battle and reached a multi-year agreement in April 2019 that will see Qualcomm provide the 5G chip for the iPhone.

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