Earlier this year, Apple bought Intel’s modem business. This was so as to develop another piece of its hardware in-house. Apparently, Apple does not want to be dependent on partners and their pace of research and development.
An inside source has just revealed that Apple’s own 5G modem will not come to iPhones before 2022. This means that there’s still probably a lot of work to be done.
At the moment, Qualcomm is Apple’s chipset supplier. The chip manufacturer already promised to deliver 5G modems for next year’s iPhones. However, Apple wants to continue on its own, considering the issues between the two companies in recent times.
Apple has already started its own Research and Development team for RF modems and chips. This team is based in San Diego, same as Qualcomm’s Headquarters.
The inside source has revealed that 2022 is Apple’s optimistic target. Even after fabrication, there will be testing, optimization, and certification. There is also the domestic FCC.
Apple’s main target is to have an integrated 5G modem in the chip to lower power consumption. However, the company will reportedly create both components separately for the 2022 iPhones. The integrated platform will likely be available in 2023.
Earlier in August, Samsung unveiled the Exynos 980 with integrated 5G modem. We expect it to appear in smartphones by the end of the year. Huawei’s integrated Kirin 990 5G chipset is also already available in the Mate 30 5G and Mate 30 Pro 5G. We are looking forward to seeing Apple’s.