A report earlier this week said Apple had decided to abandon its use of Intel's "Sunny Peak" 5G modem in its 2020 iPhone. However, Intel today dismissed the report. Intel stated in its statement that its “customer arrangements and roadmap” from 2018 to 2020 has not changed and will continue to work on 5G plans and projects.
It's worth mentioning that the original report was updated, and now it claims that "Sunny Peak" is not a 5G modem, it does not combine Wi-Fi, 5G and Bluetooth capabilities. The chip is just a component of the mobile SoC, which combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to support 802.11 ad WiGig.
However, due to problems with the Sunny Peak chip, Intel decided to stop the development of the chip and reassign the team to other projects. Apple is expected to become one of the major customers of this chip.
The initial report and Intel's statement did not provide any hints as to whether Apple will introduce 5G features in 2020, nor does it indicate whether Apple will use Intel modems. However, what is certain is that Apple will continue to purchase modems from Intel for the time being.
Apple has always wanted to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, and its goal may be to completely remove Qualcomm from its supply chain. So, if there is any difference, it is that Apple is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Intel, because there is no other famous modem manufacturer in this industry except the latter.
According to reports, MediaTek is trying to obtain modem orders from Apple, but its baseband performance and quality have been lower than the competition, so the company has a lot of places to catch up in this regard.