According to reports, Apple has started developing its own 5G cellular modem. With this step, Apple should be able to replace all Qualcomm components in the long term – the iPhone manufacturer had previously argued with the chip manufacturer for years. But it is still not an easy task.
According to Bloomberg, Apple had announced the takeover of the Intel modem division in mid-2019. Now there are new details on how Apple has worked with the new options so far. As per sources, Apple’s Johny Srouji has announced that Apple has started work on a new development of a 5G cellular modem.
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“This year we began development of our first in-house cellular modem, which will enable another important strategic transition. Long-term strategic investments like these are critical to enabling our products and ensuring we have a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future.”Bloomberg quotes Johny Srouji.
The modem is currently from Qualcomm
The latest 5G iPhones use corresponding parts from Qualcomm. Previously, Apple used parts of Intel for years. Then they took over the entire business unit from the chip manufacturer in order to become more independent.
In the future, Apple’s modems are likely to be used in devices. The in-house development may then already find its way into the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14. However, there is an agreement with Qualcomm, which provided for a six-year licensing pact from 2019.
It was also reported on Oct 23, 2020, that “Apple will continue to use Qualcomm 5G modems at least until 2024, as per an old document. Yesterday(October 22), a teardown of Apple iPhone 12 revealed Qualcomm’s 5G modem inside. Now, a document of Apple reveals that it will continue to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems at least until 2024.”