The Apple-Qualcomm relationship isn’t going too well lately amidst all the patent and royalty disputes. Apple even chose Intel as the sole supplier of modems in the 2018 iPhones after working with Qualcomm models for years.
But the latest rumor going around suggests that Intel-Apple partnership might be short-lived as well because the smartphone maker is looking into designing its future models in-house.
According to sources, Apple is looking to hire a team of engineers in San Diego to work on its own Neural Engine AI chip and wireless chips, which is a strong indication that Apple is trying to dial down on its dependence on outside suppliers. It also means that we could see iPhones with home-baked 5G chips in 2020.