It seems that Apple wants to bring all of the chip production in-house in order to get rid of reliance on third-party manufacturers. Apple recently unveiled its ARM based Apple M1 chip for Macs and according to a Bloomberg report, the company has started building its in-house cellular modem to replace Qualcomm’s components. So far, we have no idea about the modem’s performance but we can expect the M1 chip to offer better cell reception and battery life.
Internal sources have put forward that Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior VP for hardware has recently informed employees that the company is readying itself for a second transition. In a meeting, Srouji said, “This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition”.
Srouji also said, “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.”
Apple is finally ready to put into play its US $1 billion acquisition of Intel’s modem business. Back in July last year, Apple bought Intel’s smartphone modem unit along with 2,200 employees, intellectual property, equipment, and leases.
Currently, there is no concrete information that when can we expect to see Apple’s in house modems in products. As per a recent report, the iPad Pro of 2021 will be the device to be powered by the company’s modem. Apple will not use Qualcomm modems anymore, instead, the company will use its Antenna in Package (AiP) to add 5G mmWave support to the iPad Pro.
Reportedly, most of the iPhone lineups will come with in house modem in the coming year.