- Apple is believed to develop its 5G modem a stand-alone chip
- The company had stopped working with Qualcomm in the recent past
- However, it agreed to buy Qualcomm’s 5G chips
The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is planning to bring its own 5G modem in iPhone models by the year 2022. According to a recent report from Fast Company, Apple is expected to launch its first iPhone model with a 5G modem by September 2020 with a Qualcomm chip inside. To seize control of its 5G technology as soon as possible, Apple bought Intel’s modem business earlier this year to develop another piece of its hardware in-house without being dependent on partners.
According to the report, Apple’s development of the next-gen modem is likely led by Esin Terzioglu, who worked as Qualcomm’s vice president of engineering until he was hired by the iPhone maker in 2017.
“The SoC integration may not happen right away, my source says. Given the tight timeframe for delivering a modem in 2022, Apple may choose to make its first 5G modem a stand-alone chip, and then integrate it into an SoC the following year,” writes Fast Company’s Mark Sullivan