But Tony Blevins, Apple's senior director of supply chain, said in a testimony on Friday that Apple had also considered Samsung and MediaTek to supply the next-generation wireless communication network, the 5G chip. It is said that 5G technology will be fully rolled out this year, which can provide faster data transfer speed than 4G.
According to Belvins, since Apple restarted, it has been trying to find a number of suppliers to supply baseband chips, but it is subject to an exclusive supply agreement with Qualcomm, because in exchange for Apple can get a large royal discount.
For example, in 2013 Apple terminated a supply for Intel to supplyiPadThe plan for the mini 2's baseband chip is that Apple is worried about losing its Qualcomm discount due to the adoption of Intel's chips. Blevins said that this makes Intel's products "economically unattractive." Later that year, after the cost negotiations with Qualcomm did not follow Apple's hopes, Apple began implementing the "Project Antique" program to secure a second baseband chip supplier.
In 2016 and 2017, Apple is in the sectioniPhoneIntel's baseband chip is used in the model, but Qualcomm's products are still being used. However, in early 2017, Apple’s lawsuit against Qualcomm led to a change in the business relationship between the two companies “in a very profound and negative way” and eventually led to the adoption of Intel’s chips on all iPhones released last year.
Blevins said, "The whole concept of Project Antique is to find a second supplier. We don't want to offend Intel, but we don't want them to be exclusive suppliers. We want Qualcomm and Intel to mix."
Blevins said that negotiations with Samsung are "not an ideal environment" for Apple, but Samsung is currently Apple's largest component supplier.
Blevins did not mention whether Apple has made a decision on the 5G baseband chip supplier, or whether it will release the 5G version of the iPhone in 2019. Recent rumors say that Apple will not release the 5G iPhone until 2020.