Longtime Apple hardware engineering executive Rubén Caballero has left the company, The Information reports. Caballero was in charge of working with suppliers to integrate modems into Apple’s smartphones, and was spearheading its efforts in the 5G space.
Hot on the heels of the settlement news between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has announced that it is exiting the 5G smartphone modem business. In a press release late Tuesday afternoon, the company said it sees “no clear path to profitability” in the space.
Just as was the case in the past with the 3G and 4G LTE transition, Apple has employed the waiting tactic and won’t jump on the 5G bandwagon this or next year, meaning a 5G-capable iPhone won’t launch before 2020, at the earliest.
Offering improvements in power, size and scalability, Intel’s new 5G-enabled modem supports theoretical peak speeds of up to 6 gigabits per second, or three to six times faster than the latest LTE modems available today.
Customers in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles will first begin experiencing 5G-like capabilities while Sprint aggressively works to expand the high-speed wireless service to additional markets including Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.