Qualcomm is still a leader in chip technologies for a range of products, and that probably won't change in the near future. Mostly because there are other companies out there that need chips of all types besides Apple. But while Apple is making strides, and huge improvements, in this market, Qualcomm's chief executive believes his company can overtake Apple.
Acquisitions happen on a regular basis, with larger companies picking up smaller efforts in a bid to bolster its own developments and efforts. One such acquisition is set to take place in the near future, with Qualcomm aiming to build its arsenal in its fight against Intel and Apple.
Every year, Apple introduces a new A-series processor for devices like the iPhone and iPad. And every year Apple touts the performance gains. Qualcomm does the same, of course, but it may not have that much to brag about next year -- compared to Apple, anyway.
It has been rumored off-and-on for quite some time that Apple has been working on its own in-house cellular modem. While nothing is official quite yet, we're one step closer at least, it seems.
Apple is not shy about touting the capabilities of its A-series processors. That's certainly the case with the A14 Bionic, which the company introduced earlier this year.
Unless something drastic happens, we are more than likely going to see new iPhones unveiled later this year. But it's certainly starting to look more and more like September is not going to be when it happens.
Earlier in 2020, Apple launched a minor refresh for the iPad Pro lineup, introducing a LiDAR Scanner on the back of the pro-grade tablets but keeping most of everything else the same compared to the previous generation.
Even if the launch of Apple's first 5G iPhone is months away, it's obviously getting plenty of attention well in advance.
Word on the street has been for quite some time that Apple is planning to launch a 5G-equipped iPhone at some point in 2020, likely in the second half of the year to keep up with the yearly refresh routine.
Intel had a bit of a rough year, especially in the middle months. Now, according to court documents filed by the company recently, we know a bit more about how Intel's executives feel about the whole thing.
Cellular modem development is a tremendously complicated, expensive and time-consuming process, but that hasn't stopped Apple, which already designs a bunch of chips in-house, to set an aggressive 2022 timeline for iPhones outfitted with its own 5G baseband hardware.
Apple could do without Qualcomm's wireless modems in iPhones as soon as 2022.