Key sources suggest that Intel and Apple have allegedly joined hands to develop the next 5G-enabled iPhone. Reports further indicate that the ongoing legal battle Qualcomm and Apple may have forced the Cupertino giant to join hands with Intel for its next-gen 5G-ready iPhone.

In case you missed, Apple started deploying Intel chips last year with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus due to its straining relations with Qualcomm. Meanwhile, Intel reportedly has thousands of engineers who’re currently working on 5G technology.

If Apple and Intel are successful in implementing the technology on the next-gen iPhone, a 5G-enabled iPhone can theoretically, achieve connection speeds of one gigabytes per second or more. However, it’ll take some time before networks across the globe make a successful transition to 5G. Reports suggest that Apple could use Intel’s 5G modem for its 2019 iPhone line-up, or later.

Earlier, key sources also stated that Intel is developing its new XMMM 8000-series of 5G capable modems expected to launch in 2019, that will bring next-generation wireless connectivity for PCs, smartphones and other devices. Intel even announced its 5G modem at CES 2017 and said recently that it completed a “full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon.”

Apple’s move could likely be a result of its ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm since the beginning of this year. The iPhone-maker had accused Qualcomm of taking undue advantage of its market dominance, by overcharging for its technologies and services.

Back in January, the iPhone-maker filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip designer for abusing its taking undue advantage of its market dominance.

In response to Appleā€™s allegations, the latter also reportedly filed a lawsuit with Apple in China, seeking to halt manufacturing and selling of iPhones in the country. Also, WSJ had earlier reported that Apple has decided to stop using Qualcomm components for its 2018 iPhone and iPad line-up.