Intel has launched their 5G modem that can achieve 6Gb/s six months earlier than originally scheduled.
The XMM 8160 5G modem boasts speeds of three to six times faster than currently available LTE modems and is a multimode modem allowing it to also work on 2G, 3G and 4G networks.
They state that the availability of multimode and a smaller chipset will allow for better power efficiency compared to competing solutions that are planned to utilise two chipsets to support 5G and the older networks.
According to Intel the new modem will be available in the second half of 2019. Apple is rumoured to be working closely with Intel and could possibly launch a new iPhone with the chip next year.
Recent rumours suggested that Apple was working with Intel towards a 2020 launch of a 5G iPhone using the Intel’s 8161 5G modem chip.
They were reportedly concerned with battery issues with the 8160 chips but with the early launch perhaps Intel has resolved these issues.