Apple starts working on its own cellular modem chip

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Apple will soon start providing its own in-house 5G modem chips for future devices which includes iPhones and iPads. The brand is said to be working on their own cellular chips, which seems like a move to be less reliable on its current modem supplier which is Qualcomm. Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, Mr. Johny Srouji had reportedly disclosed this information in a town hall meeting with the employees of Apple. He said “This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition. Long-term strategic investments like these are a critical part of enabling our products and making sure we have a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future.”

We have been hearing regarding Apple’s focus on its own modem for a while now. Presently, the brand is using 5G parts of Qualcomm in its latest iPhone 12 line-up but it had taken Qualcomm to court for patent licensing fees in the year 2017, which was settled later. Before Qualcomm, Apple worked with Intel from 2016 to 2018 but had to change its supplier because it was not able to deliver working 5G technology for its 2020 devices. At last, Intel stopped the development of its 5G modem tech and had sold the entire patent portfolio for $1 billion to Apple.

As of now, there is no confirmation as when we could see the first Apple-made 5G cellular chips in action. As per a report by Bloomberg, it indicates that a 2019 patent agreement between Apple and Qualcomm has a six year licensing agreement where it will charge license fees on the basis of the wireless patents owned by it, even if Apple uses the chips or not. They also said the brand is already aiming to expand its Apple Silicon chipsets to more Mac products. As per a recent report, it suggested that the company is testing powerful versions of its M1 chip with up to 16 power-cores and 4 high-efficiency cores, most probably for its imminent iMacs and larger sized MacBook Pro refresh. Also, there is one more device which is rumoured to have 32-performance cores which might power the next-gen Mac Pro which is expected to launch by 2022.


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