Apple bought Intel’s modem business earlier this year in an attempt to develop another piece of its hardware in-house without being dependent on partners and their pace of research and development. There’s still a lot of work to be done until that happens though as an inside source revealed that Apple’s own 5G modem is not coming to iPhones before 2022.
Apple’s main chipset provider is Qualcomm, and the maker of the San Diego chips has promised to deliver 5 G modems for the iPhones next year. Nonetheless, after the tough year that both firms have had to fight in court over licensing and violence, Apple wants to continue on its own. It launched its own R&D department of RF modems and processors, which is located in the same Californian region as the Qualcomm Headquarters-San Diego, not coincidentally.
The source, however, disclosed that the ambitious goal is 2022. Even if processing is done in time, inspection, automation, registration to ensure compliance with global standards, as well as the domestic FCC should be given time.
Apple primarily requires an embedded 5 G modem in the SoC to reduce power usage, although the origin of the Fast Company suggests that Cupertino is more likely to create all components separately for the 2022 iPhone, while an optimized platform will only appear in 2023, following Apple’s recruitment of stars – it grabbed Esin Terzioglu from Qualcomm, where he was VP Technology.
By way of comparison, in August, Samsung unveiled the Exynos 980 with an integrated 5 G modem and is expected to appear on smartphones by the end of the year, while Huawei already sells the Mate 30 5 G and Mate 30 Pro 5 G with an integrated Kirin 990 5 G chipset.