Support for 5G networks would be one of the great new features of several of the iPhone 12 models that Apple would present next September. Following the resumption of the relationship with Qualcomm, the U.S. chipset manufacturer is expected to provide the modems. In fact, even the company’s own CEO said his top priority was to launch a 5G iPhone as soon as possible.
However, it seems that Apple is not interested in using Qualcomm’s antenna module. According to Fast Company , Apple has opposed the company’s QTM 525 millimeter-wave antenna module because does not fit the sleek design Apple wants for its new mobile phones.
Cupertino’s would still be using the 5G Snapdragon X55 modem, as rumored a few months ago. This modem is the same as the one integrated in the Samsung Galaxy S20 . However, Apple is also working on another design that can incorporate both the antenna module and the modem, and that could become the default option by the end of the year, assures a close source. This alternative design would be thicker than Apple would like for the final smartphone.
This is a problem for Apple, because antenna design is not easy, especially for 5G mmWave network-compatible antennas , since these antennas send and receive higher frequency signals than those of previous generations, and there is less room for error in their design and manufacture. A failure, however small, could lead to connection problems in the future.
At AppleA new improved antenna design will arrive on the iPhone SE 2 and production will begin in early 2020 according to Kuo
The iPhone 5G will have a phased array antenna, with two parts that work together to form a radio signal beam. This beam can be electronically directed in different directions without the antenna moving. We’ll have to wait and see how things progress to see if Apple will end up making a thicker iPhone to integrate Qualcomm’s components, or a thinner one with its own antenna.