Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Huawei 'open' to selling 5G technology to Apple

Huawei 'open' to selling 5G technology to Apple

So if Apple does want to launch its first 5G iPhone next year, it may have to work with other companies. So far, the Chinese giant has refused to sell its hardware to competitors, but according to a source close to this information, it is "open" to the idea of selling its 5G modem, just as long as the competitor's name is Apple.

There are very few smartphone manufacturers who make their own chipsets and one of them is China-based Huawei. Almost all of us know that Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 5G iPhone in 2020, and even that plan does not appear to be going according to the company's wishes. As these things usually go, there is a catch; Huawei says that it will only supply its modems to Apple, and no one else.

As explained by the company earlier, the Balong chipset, which is now for Huawei's internal use only, is mainly meant to support Huawei's smart products, such as Internet of Things (IoT) products and phones including Huawei's "Mate 20X" and foldable "Mate X" smartphones.

Apple is running out of options to get 5G into the iPhone 2020, as reports stack up that sole iPhone modem supplier, Intel, might not be able to deliver in time.

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However, citing an an anonymous source, recent media reports claimed that Apple has "lost confidence" in Intel after the chipmaker failed to meet certain development deadlines.

Historically, Huawei has denied selling components to rivals, with some commentators questioning a potential strategic shift.

Remember, back when Huawei was supposed to launch its Mate 10 Pro through a carrier partnership? After all, just because you're a rival in the smartphone industry doesn't mean you can not supply a particular component.

If Intel is behind the curve, and Apple and Qualcomm can't stop suing each other, that leaves two other equally unlikely modem suppliers: Samsung and MediaTek.

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