Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
Apple Renews Deal with Qualcomm, Signals Delay in 5G Modem Production

Apple has extended its agreement with Qualcomm, indicating that its 5G modem is not yet ready for production. Qualcomm announced that it will supply its Snapdragon 5G Modem-RF Systems for iPhone launches in 2024, 2025, and 2026. This reaffirms Qualcomm’s leading position in 5G technologies.

According to Qualcomm, they will only supply 20% of the chipsets for the iPhone launch in 2026. This suggests that Apple might introduce its own modem chip that year. However, an analyst report predicts that Apple will start transitioning to its own chip in 2025.

While Apple had acquired Intel’s 5G modem business in 2019, they have not yet introduced an in-house chip for their devices. Designing a 5G modem chip has proven to be more challenging than anticipated for Apple.

This renewed deal between Apple and Qualcomm indicates that Apple’s own 5G modem chip is not yet ready for production. It may take more time for Apple to develop a reliable and efficient 5G modem that can meet their quality standards.

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