Qualcomm is expecting Apple’s in-house cellular modem to be ready and available by the end of 2024. This news was revealed by the chip making giant’s CEO, Cristiano Amon, during the MWC 2023 trade show. This prediction comes after Apple acquired Intel’s modem business and has been diligently working on the chip for the last few years.
Although the modem is predicted to be completed at the end of this year, many experts don’t expect to see it inside an iPhone until 2025. Apple usually finalizes its components several months prior to a phone’s release.
This move is yet another example of Apple’s ambition to make all major components of its devices in-house. In addition to creating their own cellular modem, they’re also working on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips, which they currently source from Broadcom.
What makes Apple’s plan so interesting are its past successes with Apple silicon. This has been long speculated and could prove to be very successful.
Developing its own modem would give Apple greater control over the features, performance and efficiency of its iPhone and iPad products. It could also reduce their reliance on multiple suppliers for key components, which could benefit them in the long run.
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