Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei could be considering selling its high powered 5G-enabled modems and chipsets to Apple, according to media reports.
“A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that Huawei is currently’open’ to promoting its’5G Balong 5000′ chipsets, but just to Apple,” Engadget reported on Monday.
Thus far, the business has refrained from selling the innovative processors and modems it utilizes on its mobile portfolio to other competitors.
“Huawei’s sudden change of heart just really matters because Apple appears to be in a tough spot with its sole modem supplier, Intel. The chipmaker now provides the radio modems that go into all current iPhones and iPads and it stated late last year which its 5G-ready’XMM 8160′ modems would be available for its clients in the next half of 2019,” the report stated.
But, citing an anonymous source, current media reports claimed that Apple has”lost confidence” in Intel after the chipmaker failed to fulfill specific development deadlines.
Anyway, Apple’s continuing legal struggles with US-based chip-maker Qualcomm also gives Huawei the advantage to market its technology to the iPhone-maker without having to face tough competition.
But, it is also worth noting that the US considers Huawei a security hazard due to its close connection with the Chinese authorities.
Not only has the US government prohibited their federal agencies from using Huawei products, but in addition, it has been encouraging other countries to refrain from using Huawei’s technologies with their 5G networks.
However, the”Balong 5000″ seems like the kind of chip Apple would need. It supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks, and is backward compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.
This would give Apple the ability to construct an iPhone that will support 5G networks constructed from existing 4G infrastructure, as well as the”standalone” 5G networks which will follow, the report added.
As explained by the company earlier, the Balong chipset, which is now for Huawei’s internal use only, is mainly intended to support Huawei’s smart products, such as Internet of Things (IoT) products and mobiles including Huawei’s”Mate 20X” and foldable”Mate X” smartphones.