Apple wants to bring all chip production in-house to get rid of the dependency on outside manufacturers. It will allow the company to further optimize the devices. The company recently unveiled its ARM-based Apple M1 chip for the Mac and you may have seen it pull Intel MacBooks out of the water. Now, according to a Bloomberg report, Apple has begun building its internal cellular modem to replace Qualcomm components.
According to internal sources, Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware, recently informed employees that the company is preparing for a second transition. “This year, we began the development of our first in-house cellular modem that will enable another key strategic transition,” Srouji said at the meeting. This lends credence to rumors that Apple is developing its cellular modem.
The Cupertino giant is finally ready to put its billion-dollar acquisition of Intel’s modem business into play. If you don’t know, Apple bought Intel’s smartphone modem unit, which includes about 2,200 employees, intellectual property, equipment, and leases, in July 2019. We do not have any information on the performance of the modem. But, if the M1 chip is something to go through, we can expect better cellular reception and battery life.
When will be Apple’s Modem Release?
There is currently no concrete information on when we can expect to see Apple’s internal modems in products. A recent report suggested that the iPad Pro 2021 will be the first to arrive with the company’s modem. Apple will not use Qualcomm modems and will instead rely on its Antenna-in-Package (AiP) to add 5G mmWave support to the iPad Pro. Most likely, next year’s iPhone lineup will also use the internal modem.
This is just speculation at this time. We suggest that you take this information with a grain of salt and wait for an official confirmation in 2021.