Three of Apple's phones will release 5G connectivity next year with Qualcomm's X55 5G modem, Nikkei . It is reported that this modem will be paired with a new Apple chipset – likely to be called the A14 Bionic – which will be the first of the company to be built through a 5-nanometer process. In general, switching to smaller production processes makes the chips more efficient, while allowing more processing power to be packed in less space.
This is not the first time we hear rumors that Apple is planning to launch its first 5G phones in 2020, nor is it the first time we hear there will be three of them. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made a similar prediction back in July. What's new is reports on the exact Qualcomm modem that Apple plans to use after the two companies settle their current legal dispute in April. In the long run, Apple is thought to be working on its own internal modems, which acquired most of Intel's smartphone business in July.