Apple wants unique modems in the 2023 iPhone lineup, according to the Nikkei
Apple has been rumored to be working on its chipset for a few years to move away from Qualcomm modems. Apple may be getting close to finishing a project and plans to release a new iPhone in 2023 that is going to feature an Apple-designed modem.
Reports by Nikkei Asia seem to confirm that Apple may start using its custom-built 5G modems in 2023. The new modems will be built on TSMC’s 4nm process and rumor has it they will also end up in Apple’s flagship smartphones.
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This isn’t the first time we hear rumors of Apple developing a chipset of its own. The rumor has been circulating since the Apple vs Qualcomm patent debacle. As a countermeasure to prepare Apple for the challenges, it purchased Intel’s smartphone modem business back in 2018. This likely helped accelerate the project’s development.
Apple has taken steps to please consumers by focusing on building more of its parts internally. Apple wants to manufacture the entire product, not just certain aspects of it. Based on this strategy of releasing new products to boost sales, an obvious winner is Apple. Their M1 Pro and M1 Max-powered MacBook Pro are some of the fastest and most powerful laptops around – beating many powerful desktop computers in benchmarks.
It’s worth mentioning that building a smartphone modem is no easy feat. This is why modems inside smartphones have to support many different standards, including many 3G, 4G, and 5G standards.