iPhone’s 5G rollout is facing delays.
The 8161 came after the 8060’s “heat dissipation issues” made the device too hot and damaged battery life. The 8161 5G chip boasts a 10-nanometer process that will increase transistor density for optimum speed and efficiancy.
According to sources, the issue at hand is not enough to cause Apple to walk away from intel as its provder or to turn toward Qualcomm. Qualcomm’s own X50 modem has also presented issues with heat dissipation. However, Fast Companyreports that sources have identified chip maker MediaTek as a “distant Plan B.” While MediaTek is developing a 5G modem, its offerings typically go for lower-end deivces.
Apple first began working with Intel on modems back in 2015, and this year’s line of devices was the first in which Intel was the sole modem provider.