5G iPhone probably can’t launch before 2020

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This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
This modem may soon bear the Apple name.
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.

No settlement in sight for Apple vs Qualcomm legal battle

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Qualcomm patents
Qualcomm has become Apple's biggest legal foe.
Photo: Qualcomm

Apple is making zero effort to reach a settlement in its wide-ranging legal battle with Qualcomm.

The iPhone-maker used Qualcomm wireless chips in its devices for years, but the two sides recently started butting heads over how much Apple owes in royalties. Qualcomm alleges that Apple should pay it an additional $7 billion and it looks like it will have to go to war for every cent.