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Apple is developing its own custom cellular modem for the iPhone: Report

13 December 2018 3

Apple is known to make custom chips for its smartphones, iPads and even iWatch. These wireless components like custom Bluetooth and WiFi chips are included in these gadgets to decrease the level of dependency on suppliers and also helps Apple to get the maximum out of any gadget. Though there are a lot of chips such as Modems which are supplied by third-party suppliers like Qualcomm or Intel, Apple has to remain dependant on third-party suppliers.

Due to Apple being in loggerheads with Qualcomm, it decided to use Intel chips in the current generation of iPhones. However, the result wasn’t satisfying for Apple. Hence, now Apple has decided to build its own custom cellular modem.

A recent job opening at Apple confirms its chip making plans. Sources closer to the project suggest that this is an active project within the company which suggests that Apple is indeed planning to launch its own cellular modem in near future. While the report from The Information suggests that it may still take around three years before we can see the said chip in action.

Apple was earlier said to be trying to poach engineers from Qualcomm under a new division to build a new custom modem, which hasn’t gone really well with Qualcomm. In related reports, Intel is already behind the schedule with the development of its 5G modem. On the other hand, Qualcomm powered 5G Android smartphones could be out soon next year.

This delay at Intel’s end would mean that Apple could miss out on being an early adopter of 5G technology. Further, the modem from Intel once ready will have to be up to the expectations the reason why Apple may have decided to make its own chip.



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