Next Year iPhone Models will reportedly use Apple’s 5G modem chip
While we are still waiting for Apple to launch the next-generation iPhone 14 series later this year, reports about the next iPhone models have also surfaced online. Now, here are some more information about the iPhone 15 lineup.
According to the report, the Cupertino-based technology giant is set to ditch Qualcomm for the cellular modem and instead, the company will use its own self-developed 5G modem from next year, i.e. 2023.
This has been in the making for the past few years, since 2019 when the company acquired the majority of Intel‘s smartphone-modem business as well as a team of 2,200 employees.
Apple is also advertising around 140 open positions for the development and integration of cellular modem chips. The company is running these advertisements in San Diego, which is the hometown of Qualcomm.
While Qualcomm is currently supplying 100 percent of the cellular modems used in the iPhone lineup, the company’s CEO had said last year that it expects to supply 20 percent of the 5G models for the Apple iPhone from 2023.
The usage of a self-developed or proprietary 5G modem has several advantages for Apple. It will reduce the brand’s reliance on a third-party vendor. It will also help the company save costs on the components.
As the company makes its own chipset that powers iPhones, it can also integrate the modem in the A-series chips and tweak the configuration as Apple sees fit, including making it faster, more efficient, etc.
It’s noteworthy that analysts believe that Apple may struggle with designing, manufacturing, and testing the new cellular modem as it is a time-consuming process.