5G iPhone now virtually certain in 2020 [Opinion]

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While a 5G iPhone won’t come as soon as we might hope, the wait won‘t be as long as we might fear.
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Most people probably shrugged their shoulders at the news Apple and Qualcomm ended their long, bitter legal war. But this is actually going to benefit every iPhone user.

It means that Apple is almost guaranteed to introduce a handset with super-fast 5G next year. Before now, there was some question about whether that was possible.

Huawei ready to provide modems for a 5G iPhone

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Huawei launched the Balong 5000 5G modem in January.
Huawei launched the Balong 5000 5G modem in January.
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Apple apparently has another option for 5G modems. Huawei reportedly is willing to provide future iPhones with these chips.

If true, this significantly improves the chances that a 5G iPhone will launch in 2020. Still, there are reasons to question the wisdom of any such deal.

Apple v. Qualcomm: You win some, you lose some

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The ITC sided with Apple over Qualcomm today in one case, but things went the other way in a separate decision earlier in the afternoon.
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Just hours after an International Trade Commission judge ruled in favor of Qualcomm in a patent infringement lawsuit with Apple, the Commission as a whole made the iPhone maker the winner in a separate dispute between the pair of companies.

This is a demonstration of how much acrimony there is between these two, who were once close allies.

Judge calls for iPhone import ban due to patent infringements

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Qualcomm scored another victory in its legal battle with Apple.
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Some iPhone models could soon be blocked from coming into the U.S. after a judge recently ruled that Apple infringed on Qualcomm’s patents.

ITC Judge MaryJoan McNamara found that iPhone infringes on one of three patents in Qualcomm’s case against Apple. She subsequently said she will recommend an import ban on iPhones, but a panel of judges could still save Apple.

Jury says Apple owes Qualcomm for stealing patents

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A jury sided with Qualcomm over claims Apple stole patents for the iPhone.
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A jury ruled today Apple owes chip maker Qualcomm $31 million for violating three patents for tech used in some models of the iPhone.

The ruling came after a two week trial in San Diego on a lawsuit filed by Qualcomm in 2017. Apple is likely to appeal.

Apple accuses Qualcomm of witness tampering in latest courtroom spat

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Lawyers got heated in the courtroom today for the latest Apple v. Qualcomm patent battle.
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This week’s legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm reached a point generally only seen on TV courtroom dramas: the iPhone maker accused its rival of witness tampering.

The complaint comes after Apple’s star witness decided at the last minute not to testify.

Qualcomm might miss out on 5G iPhone

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Analysts recommend Qualcomm make up with Apple soon.
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Qualcomm needs to settle its lawsuits with Apple soon if it wants to be in the first 5G iPhone. Time is running out on this chip maker to supply 5G modems for Apple’s 2020 offering, according to an industry analyst.

And that would hurt Qualcomm more than Apple.

See the new iOS animation that could save Apple’s bacon in China

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With an iPhone in China, apps close by shrinking, not by sliding off the screen.
With an iPhone in China, apps close by shrinking, not by sliding off the screen.
Screenshot: Joe Rossignol/YouTube

There’s now proof that Apple rushed iOS 12.1.2 out primarily to make changes to iPhones in China.  We also have confirmation of exactly what the modifications are.

These were designed to convince a Chinese court that iPhones don’t infringe on two Qualcomm patents.  The hope is that court will then reverse an iPhone sales ban that went into effect in that country last week.

iOS 12.1.2 possibly resolves iPhone sales ban in China

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iPHones in China
In most of the world, iOS 12.1.2 fixes some bugs. But in China, it might remove some features.
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Apple has rushed out iOS 12.1.2 after a single round of beta testing. This highly unusual move could be part of the company’s response to a recent ban on iPhone sales in China.

The release notes on this new version say nothing about that though, just indicating that iOS 12.1.2 fixes some small issues.

5G iPhone probably can’t launch before 2020

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This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
Photo: Intel

The estimated release date for Intel’s first 5G modem makes it very unlikely a 5G iPhone will be released before 2020. Android devices with this speedy new cellular-wireless technology are expected a year before then.

The 5G iPhone delay is a result of the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm.