Apple will probably start selling its first iPhone with modems developed in-house from 2023. You have been working on your own 5G modem for years, but it’s a tedious process.
Apple will probably use a cellular modem developed in-house for the first time in the next but one iPhone model. The iPhone 15 could therefore appear with a 5G modem from Apple, the Taiwanese trade magazine Digitimes recently wrote, citing sources in the supply chain who are familiar with the development.
Apple will probably accommodate this chip as a separate unit in the iPhone 15, the paper continues to write for subscribers. It would not be part of the A17, which is supposed to power the iPhone 15. TSMC, Apple’s manufacturer of the A and M series chips, is currently preparing to supply the company with modem chips from 2022.
In contrast, many Android models use a fully integrated SoC in which the CPU, GPU, neural unit and modem are all in one arrangement.
According to reports, Apple’s own modem should also support the super-fast mmWave tape.
The introduction of one’s own modem has been in preparation for a long time
Apple has been working on a modem from its own development for a long time: after waiting a long time for a 5G modem from Intel, its modem development was ultimately unable to deliver a market-ready design. So Apple finally bought the entire department and took over all of its employees, locations and patents, which were then incorporated into Apple’s own development processes.
Qualcomm will lose an important major customer with Apple in the year after next, because Apple is currently still exclusively using the Snapdragon modems in its iPhones.
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