Taiwan’s Electronic Times reports that both Qualcomm and Samsung have turned down the opportunity to supply 5G modems for Apple. Given the global patent war between Apple and Qualcomm, the San Diego company’s snub is not a huge surprise.
Samsung, however, reportedly gave another reason – not enough supply of its Exynos 5100 5G modem. Even if Samsung could boost production capacity, it will have leverage over Apple in the negotiations (and Apple loves squeezing its component suppliers for better margins).
Apple’s current preferred source of wireless modems, Intel, just doesn’t have a 5G…