Apple will launch products with Qualcomm modems in near future

According to the latest news, after an unseeingly legal dispute, following a settlement with Qualcomm, Apple is now planning to use the US chip maker’s cellular modems in its future products. A report conveys that after the settlement of the legal dispute, Apple intends to launch new products with the Snapdragon X60 modem. Eventually, the report also mentions a possible timeline of such products.

New Apple products with Qualcomm modem are expected to launch between 1st June 2021 and 31st May 31 2022. As per the agreement, Apple will also use upcoming X65 and X70 modems in products launched between 1st June 2022 and 31st May 31 2024.

This was first posted by Twitter user, Danny Welsh (@dnywlsh). However, note that the filing is originally from last year.

Interestingly, the discovery of the settlement filing confirms a recent report from DigiTimes. The DigiTimes report claimed that next year’s iPhones will ship with the Snapdragon X60 modem. This report didn’t divulge anything about Apple’s plans beyond 2021, but on the other hand, the latest findings have elaborated some detail about the company’s long term roadmap. It should be noted that Qualcomm has already announced the Snapdragon X60 earlier this year.

A recent teardown has revealed that the iPhone 12 series ships with Qualcomm’s X55 5G modem. It states “Apple intends to commercially launch … New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 (the “2020 Launch”), some of which use the SDX55 Qualcomm Chipset”.

Apple will launch products with Qualcomm modems in near future
Apple will launch products with Qualcomm modems in near future

iPhone 12 lineup is Apple’s first iPhone series that is coming with 5G connectivity. During the event, though Apple has discussed the iPhone 12’s 5G capabilities at great length, Apple did not reveal the 5G modem present on board. A recently released iPhone 12 teardown video on Weibo has shed light on this.

According to the teardown video, iPhone 12 series is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem. It also further states that these are 5G enabled modem manufactured on a 7 nm process node and can be found in all flagship Android phones that are powered by the Snapdragon 865.

Snapdragon X55 modem supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G networks. Other support and connectivity specifications include dual-mode 5G (SA/ NSA) support, TDD and FDD support, spectrum sharing, and much more.

Earlier this year, when the third-generation 5nm based Snapdragon X60 5G modem was launched a doubt was cast on this rumor but the speculation of this modem being baked into the iPhone 12 series ran high. However, this time, Apple went ahead with the previous generation X55 modem. Note that the 5 nm Snapdragon X60 modem was announced back in February this year, so Apple did have ample time to test and incorporate it in this year’s iPhone series.

In simple words, the 5nm Snapdragon X60 modem would have been more power-efficient than the 7nm X55 modem which is currently baked into the iPhone 12 series. Experts are considering that this backdated modem and smaller size of the batteries compared to its previous generation can impact the battery life up to 20%.