Apple preparing to shut down in-house 5G modem development, months after extending Qualcomm deal: Report

Apple is planning to cancel a long-term project to develop its own in-house 5G modem chip, according to a report from a South Korean web portal. Citing supply chain sources, the forum user says the iPhone maker is preparing to shut down the project altogether. Recent reports have revealed that Apple was struggling to make its own modem chips despite years of investment and talent acquisition, leaving the company dependent on other chip makers like Qualcomm for modems for its smartphones.

In Post Shared on Naver (Via GSMArena), the user says (translated from Korean) that the Cupertino company “has begun to wind down its ongoing investment in the 5G modem development department and personnel, which it has been developing in-house for several years.” It was earlier said that Apple is working on 5G modem chip which may come in smartphones by 2025.

The post said that the company’s efforts to design its own modem chip for the alleged fourth-generation iPhone SE models have been unsuccessful and are “expected to be completely cleaned up”. The claims made in the post have been confirmed by Reveganus (@Tech_Reve), a tipster on X (formerly known as Twitter), who Claim He got the same information from a Japanese source.

Earlier this month, reports said that Apple’s plans to bring its own 5G modem chip to smartphones were unlikely to be realized until late 2025 or early 2026. The Bloomberg report comes months after Apple renewed its deal with Qualcomm to include the latter’s modem. Its upcoming iPhone models.

Despite Apple’s successful acquisition of Intel’s modem unit for $1 billion in 2019 and the company’s efforts to develop the chip starting a year later, the report said Apple’s efforts to design its own modem have been delayed over the past few years. There have been many obstacles.

In addition to developing the chip without infringing Qualcomm’s many patents, Apple faced other challenges when developing its modem chip. These include the ability to deliver fast 5G speeds to compete with Qualcomm’s chips – Apple made different versions of the modem and one of them did not have support for the millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G bands that are Sub-6 5G. Provides much faster speed than. Band.

Although there has been no public announcement from Apple about whether the company plans to continue developing its own 5G chip, recent reports suggest that the company is working on its own on a successor to the iPhone SE (2022). It’s unlikely to include a modem and may have to rely on Qualcomm. Or other suppliers for the modem on your smartphone for the foreseeable future.


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