Apple is apparently planning on adopting its own custom-designed 5G modems for its iPhones. These in-house 5G baseband chips might be seen in iPhones as early as 2023, as per a known analyst.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo (Via MacRumors), the Cupertino-based giant is seeking to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm for the supply of 5G based cellular modems for its future iPhone lineup. The analyst made the announcement in an investor’s note earlier this month. As per the note, the company is aiming on adopting its own custom-designed 5G baseband chips that will debut with the launch of the 2023 iPhones “at the earliest.”
Till then, Apple would need to reply to Qualcomm for its 5G iPhone modems and will continue to depend on the chip maker till its shifts to its own solutions. After the iPhone maker makes the shift, Qualcomm would have to enter new markets to overcome the loss of orders from Apple. Back in March 2021, a Barclays report had stated that the company will launch its 2023 iPhones its own custom-designed 5G modems. In other words, this report is also in line with previous rumors.
The new in house developed 5G modems could offer faster speeds, lowered latency, and other improvements over Intel or even Qualcomm modems, although it is still too early to offer any concrete statements. Furthermore, the company has reportedly been working on its self-developed modems since early 2020. So stay tuned for more, as we will be providing updates when additional information is available regarding this matter.
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