29 December 2020
Apple has reportedly started working on the custom cellular modem for future devices. The report is coming from Bloomberg citing an internal conversation between Johny Srouji, Apple's chief of the chip business, and other employees. The idea behind the move is to reduce dependency on Qualcomm's internal components.
Here is the quoted statement from Srouji,
“This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition. Long-term strategic investments like these are a critical part of enabling our products and making sure we have a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future.”
The current-gen iPhone 12 series makes use of Qualcomm modems. With the development of custom-made modem, Apple will be able to avoid using third-party offerings. It will surely help the company save a lot of money as cellular modems are an integral part of smartphones. These modems enable a phone to connect to a cellular network for phone calls and mobile internet connectivity.
This is not the first time we are hearing about Apple's attempt at making a custom chip. It already offers W-lineup and U-lineup of processors that are available for Apple Watch and iPhones respectively. Just a few weeks away, Apple debuted the M1 chip for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebooks along with Mac Mini.
It is currently unknown exactly when Apple is planning to debut the custom cellular modem on the iPhone. We will have to wait and see how the development moves ahead and what other reports emerge.