The rumored 5G iPhone could come with an Apple-designed anten­na.

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Apple is report­ed­ly design­ing its own anten­na for the rumored 5G iPhone that could hit shelves in 2020. The tech giant might skip Qual­com­m’s anten­na com­po­nent because it’s not “sleek” enough for Apple’s needs, Fast Com­pa­ny report­ed Fri­day cit­ing unnamed sources.

While Apple’s com­peti­tors have already launched mul­ti­ple 5G phones — includ­ing the new­ly unveiled Sam­sung Galaxy S20 — Apple has yet to do so. Apple ana­lyst Ming Chi Kuo is pre­dict­ing Apple will unveil three 5G phones in 2020. 

Apple did­n’t imme­di­ate­ly respond to a request for com­ment.

The phone giant is also pre­dict­ed to launch the iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max in Sep­tem­ber, with the iPhones rumored to come in dark blue with a big­ger screen. The 2020 iPhone could also come with Qual­com­m’s ultra­son­ic fin­ger­print read­er.

The tech giant’s his­to­ry of work­ing with Qual­comm on its phones is long and com­plex. Apple had orig­i­nal­ly used phone chips from Ger­man com­pa­ny Infi­neon when it first launched the iPhone, before switch­ing to Qual­comm in 2011. Intel then bought Infi­neon in 2011, but those chips weren’t used again until the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 after a dis­pute over Qual­com­m’s licens­ing fees.

Apple and Qual­comm set­tled their legal bat­tle and reached a mul­ti­year deal in April 2019 that will see Qual­comm pro­vide the 5G chip for the iPhone.

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