Report: Apple to Use Qualcomm's X55 5G Modem in All Three 2020 iPhones

Apple's 2020 iPhones will all use Qualcomm's newest and fastest 5G-capable modem chip, claims a new report out of Asia today.


Apple is expected to launch three iPhones next year in 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch sizes. According to Nikkei Asian Review, all three will carry the 5G modem chip designed by Qualcomm called the X55.
All three of the new iPhones will carry the most advanced 5G modem chip, known as X55 that is designed by U.S. mobile chip developer Qualcomm, four people familiar with the plan told Nikkei. The chip, which enables much faster downloads, faces such an increase in demand that there could be supply constraints, one person added.
The X55 chip offers 7Gb/s peak download speeds and 3Gb/s upload speeds, though these numbers are theoretical maximums and actual speeds will depend on carrier network. The chip is Qualcomm's first 5G chip that supports all major frequency bands, operation modes, and network deployments.

The X55 is also more power efficient than Qualcomm's X50 chip, which means it will draw less energy and will have less of an impact on battery life when connected to a 5G network.

Apple was originally planning to use Intel chips in its 2020 5G iPhones, but Intel is out of the smartphone chip business and Apple has no choice but to use Qualcomm's modem chips.

Apple aims to ship 80 million 5G-capable iPhones next year, claims the report. Apple typically ships between 75 and 80 million new iPhones each year, and it plans to close in on similar targets in 2020 and exploit 5G as a key sales driver, according to Nikkei.
"It will be the first time Apple introduces 5G iPhones ... There will be three of them and the company has set an aggressive sales target," one of the people familiar with the company's thinking said.
In July, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will offer 5G in all three of its new flagship iPhone models to better compete with lower-cost Android smartphones that will support 5G.

Apple's embrace of 5G is expected to push carriers such as AT&T and Verizon to accelerate their investment in the rollout of 5G infrastructure and catch up with China's rapidly accelerating 5G capabilities.

By 2025, London-based GSMA estimates that China will have 600 million 5G subscribers, or about 40 percent of the global total, notes Nikkei, citing a Financial Times report.

Today's report also corroborates previous rumors that Apple will switch to a 5-nanometer fabrication process for its A14 processor next year. Apple has used a 7nm process since the A12 Bionic chip debuted in 2018, and TSMC has been Apple's exclusive supplier.

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3 weeks ago


6.7-inch makes it seem like they are getting rid of the notch. Unless they are going to keep the notch and make the device taller or wider.


Huh? Getting rid of the notch doesn't get you bigger diagonal screen.
Rating: 7 Votes
3 weeks ago
I'm holding out for this!
Rating: 5 Votes
3 weeks ago


6.7-inch makes it seem like they are getting rid of the notch. Unless they are going to keep the notch and make the device taller or wider.


I think it is the notch going. It is a three year circle for a major re-design, so I guess notch is going.
USB Type C
No notch
90hz or 120hz display refresh rate.
Qualcomm modem.
Starting with 120 GB storage.
Battery life just as good as iPhone 11 Pro Max or even better.
Take my money.
Rating: 4 Votes
3 weeks ago
6.7-inch makes it seem like they are getting rid of the notch. Unless they are going to keep the notch and make the device taller or wider.

Edit: You learn something new every day. The notch doesn't affect the screen size.
Rating: 3 Votes
3 weeks ago


Qualcomm X55 modem is already in Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G variant, not a great modem for Global 5G networks, I do Not know how apple will incorporate X55 into unlocked phones. I hope apple and Qualcomm will come up with something other than X55.

No, the Note 10 5G uses the X50—the first gen battery hog that Apple passed on. The X55 won’t be released until sometime next year.
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago
Why can't Apple offer standard screen sizes that cater to all?

I think 5.0, 5.5 and 6.5-inch with a notchless 18:9 aspect ratio should suffice, even if the bezels are a bit thicker like that of an iPad Pro.
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago
I joined the upgrade program this year and switched from an X Qualcomm model (A1865) to the 11 Pro Max (Intel). I work in Manhattan and live in NJ and I have not noticed any degradation at all in low signal areas (of which there are plenty at my office and commute) between the 2 phones. I would even go as far as saying the Intel modem in this years flagship has been slightly better than the last iPhone Qualcomm chip. There are areas on my train ride I would get literally zero signal with my X but my Pro Max seems to be able to still be capable of browsing the web in those spots. I will however be upgrading next year, that was the whole point of joining IUP.
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago


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Apple ships about 70M handsets in the September to December quarter each year. So this estimate is suggesting Apple will ONLY sell 5G models during that quarter.



I’m going to sound like a tin foil hat person by asking this, but: are all these 5G health risks I’m reading about really unknown or is that just paranoia?

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Why can't Apple offer standard screen sizes that cater to all?

I think 5.0, 5.5 and 6.5-inch with a notchless 18:9 aspect ratio should suffice, even if the bezels are a bit thicker like that of an iPad Pro.


Is it not most likely that Apple will continue with their winning formula with a 'premium' handset in choice of a smaller or larger format, accompanied by a 'standard' handset in a medium sized format to please the maximum number of prospective customers?

Is it not most likely that they will include a 5G modem in all of their 2020 phones to benefit from an emerging global network standard & encourage reluctant upgraders with an important new feature? 5G is a big deal - maybe not to you personally, maybe not yet or ever, but it's the new & shiny and it will make many people spend money if they're encouraged to do so. See also: competitive advantage handed to others if they don't do it ...

Do you not think that they're trying to eliminate the notch, but that including an amazing array of high-spec tiny components into the smallest possible reliable package (with a decent battery as well) is quite challenging?
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3 weeks ago


Qualcomm X55 modem is already in Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G variant, not a great modem for Global 5G networks, I do Not know how apple will incorporate X55 into unlocked phones. I hope apple and Qualcomm will come up with something other than X55.


iFixit's teardown found a Qualcomm X50 modem in the Note 10 5G (same as the s10 5G) ('https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung+Galaxy+Note10++5G+Teardown/125590'), with a picture of the chip. The X55 is supposed to be "on the market" now though, so that'll be a full year before its put in a iPhone (would not be surprised to see battery life take a hit with the 2020 iPhone's...might not be a bad thing to sit out the 1st year of 5G on mainstream phones).


I’m going to sound like a tin foil hat person by asking this, but: are all these 5G health risks I’m reading about really unknown or is that just paranoia?...


Guessing the talk is actually about the microwave frequency band of 5G (Verizon is the main user of that I believe). 5G uses the same frequency bands as 4G, but can also include this new Microwave (much higher frequency band), but its the one that can't penetrate glass etc..
Rating: 2 Votes
3 weeks ago
Why hello there, my next iPhone
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