Apple has been trying to move away from its reliance on Qualcomm for wireless modems for a long time. A recent report from MacRumors has revealed that Apple is like to debut its own 5G modems for iPhone later in 2023.
According to MacRumors, “Apple’s custom-designed 5G cellular modem will likely debut in all 2023 iPhone models, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Thomas O’Malley. In a supplier-focused research note shared with MacRumors, the analysts said chipmakers Qorvo and Broadcom should be among the companies that benefit from the shift to Apple’s in-house solution.”
This latest report comes after Blomberg claimed that Apple has started to work on designing and building its own cellular modems. If successful, it will allow the company to use its own chip for iPhone and iPads.
Even if Apple succeeds in developing its modems, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see all of the devices using the new modems immediately. In a recent roadmap of Apple’s deal with Qualcomm revealed that the company will use Qualcomm’s modems for iPhone 13 and beyond. The company stated, “Apple intends to commercially launch… New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024 (the “2022/23 Launch”), some of which use the SDX65 or SDX70 Qualcomm Chipsets (each a “Launch” and collectively the “Launches”).”
It’s likely that Apple will gradually integrate the new modem in its product lineup rather than moving away from the chip manufacturer immediately. iPhone 13 is expected to feature Snapdragon X60 modem that will allow the smartphones to use both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G, an upgrade from the current X55 modem in the iPhone 12.