Previous reports indicate that Apple will be have 5G support on all 2020 iPhones. That said, these will still be using chips from Qualcomm. Apple’s own is set to only debut in 2022
According to sources to Fast Company, that’s what the fruit company is aiming for. That said, the source also says that getting it done so soon is “really pushing it”, with 2023 being a more realistic completion date.
Fast Company also reports that the company’s intention is to make a “system on a chip”. This means having the 5G modem being part of the chipset rather than a separate component. That didn’t go very far, but now that Apple has acquired Intel’s modem business, it’s likely going to progress a lot more.
All that said, it’s unlikely to see that kind of integration, even in 2022. It’s likely that 2022 will see iPhones with Apple’s 5G modem as a separate component. The modem getting integrated into the chipset itself may only appear on the iPhones of 2023 or later.
(Source: Fast Company)