Huawei has cast doubt on its founder’s claims that the company could supply rival Apple with 5G modem chips.
The Chinese mobile giant has an in-house semiconductor division that creates chipsets for Huawei mobile phones and other products, including the Balong 5000 5G modem detailed in January.
However, Huawei has repeatedly claimed it has no intention of becoming a major chipset vendor that would compete with Intel and Qualcomm.
But with Apple’s efforts to launch a 5G version of the iPhone by 2020 reportedly being hampered by Intel missing deadlines for the development of its own XMM 8160 5G modem chip, it has been suggested another firm could enter the fray.
Qualcomm was the sole supplier of iPhone modem chips between 2011 and 2016, before Apple split the contract with Intel.
Intel became the exclusive provider to the iPhone in 2018.