At its WWDC20 conference, Apple announced the change from Intel chips to its own processors for the Mac range. Now the company seems to want to replace not only Intel, but also Qualcomm chips. For the unconscious, the latest iPhone 12 lineup uses Qualcomm’s X55 modem, but it may change in the future. According to a new report, Apple is developing an internal modem.
The latest development comes from Bloomberg, citing Johny Srouji’s city hall meeting with Apple employees as Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies. It is said that Apple is working on its own cellular modem to use on its future devices that will eventually replace modem components sourced from Qualcomm.
“This year we began development of our first in-house cellular modem, which will enable another important strategic transition,” he said. “Long-term strategic investments like this are critical to making our products possible and ensuring we have an extensive pipeline of innovative technologies for our future.”
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies
Apple, which is developing its own modem, has been in the rumor mill for some time. The company also acquired much of Intel’s smartphone modem business to accelerate project development. However, Apple had to go for Qualcomm to add 5G to the new iPhone 12 range. Therefore, An agreement was reached with Qualcomm and, despite a major patent dispute with the silicon giant, signed a multi-year license agreement.
The agreement is still in place for the next five years, with the option to extend it for another two years, however Apple seems to be limiting its reliance on Qualcomm by developing its own modem now. Cupertino has now assembled a team of hardware and software engineers who will develop the cellular modem.