It looks like iPhone users have something exciting to look forward in the future. As Apple continues its transition to its own in-house silicon, reports are emerging of an Apple manufactured modem chip that will be replacing the Qualcomm ones in next year’s iPhone model. This was confirmed by the CEO of Qualcomm, Cristiano Amon in MWC 2021.
The relationship between Apple and Qualcomm has been turbulent to say the least. Apple had accused the company for ‘double dipping’ for charging for patents and chip separately. Moreover, Qualcomm even sued Apple for allegedly indulging in blackmail. The hostility escalated to such a point that both companies used to refuse orders of each other’s product in the past.
However, Apple used to rely on Qualcomm’s modem chips up until recently, but then Intel came into the picture. Apple had planned to switch to Intel’s modem chips but their decision to withdraw from the 5G smartphone chip market left the company with no option. So, Apple made up with Qualcomm and the two companies even reached an out of court settlement soon.
In order to move faster in its mission of bringing an in-house 5G modem chip, Apple acquired Intel’s modem division. It was expected that the iPhone 15 model would contain the Apple-manufactured modem, but as per two reports, it will now happen with the iPhone 16.
On being asked if he had any knowledge of Apple’s plans involving the modem chips, Amon responded by saying that Apple has not communicated any orders related to the production of modem chips for 2024, suggesting that next year’s iPhone model could have the Apple made chip.
It looks like Apple’s shift to their own silicon is finally taking shape. The difference it will make in the iPhones can now be made from the world but how long it will take to really show its effects is left to be seen.
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