Apple May Miss Qualcomm’s 2025 Target to Replace Vital iPhone Component: Report

Apple will reportedly miss its target of developing a modem for the iPhone which may lead the company to replace a key component sourced from Qualcomm. It was previously speculated that the iPhone maker would introduce an in-house modem chip for its smartphones within the next few years, but a new report suggests it may be delayed by a year. Apple employees have reportedly been working on the project since 2018, but it’s taken years for the company to come up with an alternative to Qualcomm’s modem.

A Bloomberg reportApple, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter, said the company is expected to miss its goal of developing a modem chip in-house by early 2025. Instead, the chip may be developed in or near the end of that year. According to the report, as early as 2026. Earlier this year, Qualcomm and Apple renewed an agreement for access to the US chipmaker’s modems for Apple’s upcoming models of iPhones.

Apple’s Johnny Sruzzi announced in 2020 that the company had begun development of a new modem chip for its iPhone models. However, it has faced challenges during growth – despite acquiring Intel’s modem unit for $1 billion in 2019. The company missed its plan to include its own 5G modem in the iPhone until next year, and reports suggest it won’t be available until 2026. — When Apple’s deal with Qualcomm is about to end.

According to the report, when Apple finally launches its own 5G modem, it will not be able to perform on par with competing smartphones equipped with Qualcomm’s modem. One of the versions being developed by Apple does not provide support for the short-range millimeter wave (mmWave) bands that provide extremely high 5G data speeds under certain conditions. Apple also must ensure that any technology supported on the chip does not infringe Qualcomm’s patents.

Successfully developing its own modem chip would give Apple an advantage over other manufacturers — the company is already developing its own mobile processors for its smartphones, tablets, computers, wearables and other devices. However, the report suggests that Apple has faced hurdles during the development of the component and may eventually introduce the chip in its most affordable smartphone – the alleged successor to the iPhone SE (2022).

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