Apple tried to manufacture its own modems for iPhones for a while, but that never materialized. In 2024, the tech giant aims to stop using Qualcomm modems and start producing its own which is another typical Apple thing, as Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon said. It appears that this will eventually come to pass. Here is what he is exactly said.
iPhone 16 will Use Apple’s Own 5G Modem
These last several months have seen ups and downs of rumors regarding Apple’s potential ability to manufacture its own internal 5G modems. First, there was a delay, then it news stated Apple canceled everything. The revised iPhone SE 4 will, however, feature Apple’s own 5G modems, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who stated this yesterday.
Amon told CNBC at the MWC 2023 event that he doesn’t anticipate Apple to continue using Qualcomm’s modems in 2024 since the company may switch to its own 5G baseband processors, maybe for the iPhone 16. “We’re not making any preparations for 2024, and my planning assumption is that we won’t be giving Apple a modem in ’24, but it’s their decision to make,” said Amon.
Nevertheless, the CEO of Qualcomm previously predicted that Apple wouldn’t utilize Qualcomm’s processors in 2021 when it came to 2023, and the company would once more be the source of the 5G chips for the iPhone 15.
The iPhone 16 series may see longer battery life while connected to a 5G network as a result of Apple switching to in-house 5G modem development. Apple may also enhance this modem’s integration with other components of the iPhone better with more efficient hardware.
What actually transpires must yet be seen. And as Kuo said, if all goes according to plan, Apple may employ its modem for the iPad and possibly the Apple Watches. It’s much too early to make any predictions about what the iPhone 16 will bring.
Although a preliminary outline suggests that Dynamic Island, enhanced camera functions, and the potential for five models are present, the standard models, the Pro models, and the Ultra model). According to Ross Young, the long-rumored under-the-display Face ID might be part of the 2024 lineup. Nonetheless, this can apply to the Pro models. Moreover, Apple obtained a new patent for the identical idea, making this a likely occurrence.
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