Rumors that Apple is working on its own modems for smartphones and tablets appeared on the net a few years ago. According to the authors of the DigiTimes resource, who cite sources in the supply chain, work on this module is ongoing. Apple’s first 5G modems will appear on iPhones in 2023. However, they will not be integrated into the main chip.
It is not yet known exactly what exactly Apple engineers came up with. However, sources insist that the modem will not be part of the Apple A17 chip. Usually manufacturers do it differently and vice versa include this component in the SoC.
It is assumed that TSMC will become the main manufacturer of branded Apple modems. The companies have been cooperating for more than a year. Today, the Taiwanese chipmaker is the main supplier of chips for Apple devices.
It is worth noting that just a few days ago, information about Apple’s plans to transfer the iPhone to its own modems already appeared on the network. Akash Palkhivala, Chief Financial Officer of Qualcomm. In a conversation with investors, he noted that in 2023 Apple could almost completely switch to its own modems.
A source: DigiTimes