Apple is now on its way to becoming a much different company. This time, Apple will stop using Qualcomm modems and will produce those parts itself!
A new report from Bloomberg revealed that Apple is now at the stage of developing its own modem chipset and that it has begun work. Qualcomm is currently supplying modem chips for 5G-capable iPhone 12s. However, Apple is already planning to move away from the link with Qualcomm.
Johny Srouji, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware, made a statement regarding this situation. “This year we have started developing our first internal cellular modem that will enable another important strategic transition,” he said in his statement.
M1 chips are now alongside the new ARM-powered Mac Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Apple’s other in-house chips, Srouji pointed out that Apple is working on a family of chips that will strengthen its ecosystem.
We can say that Apple’s intention was already clear since Intel bought its modem manufacturing division in 2019. Intel originally planned to compete with Qualcomm in the 5G space. However, Apple decided to continue with Qualcomm for a few more years while completing the design of its modems. According to the report, it is not clear that Apple plans a date for when it plans to sell products with its new cellular modem, but it looks like we will continue to hear more about it as development progresses.