Qualcomm’s CEO has projected that Apple will create its own modem by the year 2024.
Apple is a company that prefers to stay discreet, often producing essential components on its own rather than seeking help from outside vendors. Speculations of this practice extending to the development of wireless modems have been circulating for some time and just might become reality with the iPhone 16’s launch.
At MWC 2023, Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon shared his insights with CNBC on the company’s goals for 2024. With its modems and other chips now appearing in a multitude of smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone 14 range, he presumes that these won’t be used by Apple next year.
Amon states that Apple gets the ultimate say, thus implying things can alter prior to next year’s arrival. Nevertheless, rumors have been flowing for years now about whether or not Apple will formally break into the wireless connectivity industry. Therefore, it isn’t an issue of whether this will take place but rather when are we going to see it transpire.
Rumors of Apple-manufactured modems have been around for some time now. In 2019 Apple purchased Intel’s modem division for $1 billion. That large sum was certainly not spent without purpose, suggesting that Apple is actively working towards creating its own modems.
Countless rumors have swirled around Apple’s 5G modem plans. Some claim that the new modems won’t be available on most Apple devices, while others suggest that the iPhone 14 will pass up a launch of this technology and it’ll come to fruition with the release of the iPhone 15. Unfortunately, more recent accounts propose that even then-iPhone15 could potentially miss out on acquiring an Apple 5G modem too.
Upon the recent statements coming from Amon in Barcelona, we may finally witness the Apple modem arriving at the iPhone 16. Of course, as plans can easily alter; let us hope they remain unchanged.
By creating its own iPhone components in-house, Apple has achieved a level of control that is unparalleled. They specialize in software development with total sovereignty over the creation and implementation of iOS, iPadOS, and more. As these parts were built from scratch to perfectly align with Apple’s software standards, it ensures better performance for their users.
Utilizing in-house components can provide superior functionality and efficiency compared to integrating a third-party component at the tail end of development.