Apple’s Custom 5G Modems May Not Arrive Until 2025

Srivishnu Ramakrishnan

According to reports by The Information, a detailed report came out on the tussle between Apple and Intel that let the setting of Qualcomm. Now, Apple has decided to make their own modems and other modules. The report highlights the fact that the trouble between both the tech giants dates well back. According to an anonyms source told to The Information, Apple’s VP of hardware, Johnny Srouji was very disappointed in Intel as it worked on modems for Apple in 2017. He further stated that;

It was early 2017 and Apple was preparing a new line of iPhones to be released the next year, but the Intel modem for the devices, known as the 7560, wasn’t working properly, according to two people with knowledge of the relationship. The new iPhones would mark the first time Apple would rely exclusively on Intel for modems—a chip that handles the cellular connectivity in phones—instead of those from its longtime provider, Qualcomm. Intel had already overhauled the modem four times to bring it up to par with the latest Qualcomm modem. But missed deadlines and continuing technical issues with the chip were making Apple executives anxious.

Mr. Srouji barked at his Intel counterpart, Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala stating, “This would have never happened at Apple under my watch”, during a meeting on Apple’s campus, according to the person, who was present at the meeting.

Intel further told The Information and the report reads as;

An Intel spokesperson declined to comment on the chip maker’s relationship withApple for this story, but confirmed to The Information that other companies haveapproached Intel about buying its modem business. “We have world-class 5G modemtechnology that very few companies have the IP and expertise to deliver,” thespokesperson said in a statement. “That’s why many companies have expressedinterest in acquiring our cellular modem assets since our recent announcement thatwe are assessing our options to realize the value we have created.”

In the part of Apple, The Information’s  report reads;

For Apple, meanwhile, Intel’s troubles are a reminder of why it has long sought toreduce its reliance on outside companies for key components inside its devices.Indeed, its multiyear modem agreement with Qualcomm may only be temporary sinceApple has a large in-house team developing its own modem, as The Information haspreviously reported. But that in-house effort appears to be farther from fruition than some chip expertshave predicted. In interviews with prospective hires for the team, Apple has toldengineers that they expect to have their own modem ready by 2025, a person familiarwith the discussions said.”

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple might switch from Intel Processors for its Mac anywhere near 2020-2021. Bloomberg also stated that this transition will soon happen in the next year.

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