It is widely expected that Apple will release 5G-enabled iPhone 12 models later this year, and several sources said that these models will be featured with Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modems, including analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Nikkei Asian Review.
However, the latest report from DigiTimes claims that Apple’s chip manufacturing partner TSMC will begin production of the A14 chip and Snapdragon X60 modem this month for use in the iPhone planned for launch later in 2020.
Compared to the Snapdragon X55, the Snapdragon X60 is built with a 5nm process, which has higher efficiency and a smaller footprint. Smartphones equipped with X60 will also be able to aggregate data in the mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously, which allows for high-speed and low-latency network coverage.
When the Snapdragon X60 was launched in February this year, it seemed destined to be used in the 2021 iPhone, not the 2020 iPhone, because Apple needs enough time for testing and production. Qualcomm officials have also said that the 5G smartphone with X60 is expected to be released in early 2021, so it is doubtful whether the iPhone 12 can really use the X60 modem.