While modern handsets like iPhone 13 If you already have 5G installed, you use Qualcomm modems. That will change in 2023, reports are already suggesting then Apple will switch to modems developed by its own teams – and a new report confirms it with news that chipmaker TSMC will start building Apple modems that same year.
This report comes over Nikkei Asia, with Apple reportedly “developing its own radio frequency and millimeter-wave components to complement the modem”.
Apple is forging a closer partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in hopes of reducing its reliance on Qualcomm, Nikkei Asia has learned, and plans to start manufacturing the Taiwanese Chip-Titan 5G iPhone modems by 2023.
The loss of the Apple business, of course, will not come as a surprise to Qualcomm. The world has been expecting Apple to develop its own parts since it bought most of Intel’s modem business a few years ago. Qualcomm expects to still produce around 20% of Apple’s modems, however, likely for use in some iPads and maybe some iPhones – depending on where they’re sold and what models they are.
Apple has long believed that the best iPhone is one that doesn’t rely on third-party design for critical components, and modems are an example of this. Apple is already developing its own CPU and GPU systems with great success and it will be very interesting to see what the company’s engineering experts come up with regarding a 5G modem that will hopefully perform well while reducing the power consumption of the existing Qualcomm Solution reduced