Apple is working to develop its own cellular modems for iPhones: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on Dec 13 2018
Apple is working to develop its own cellular modems for iPhones: Report
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A report says that Apple could launch the iPhones with indigenously developed cellular modems in 2021.

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Apple is reportedly developing a cellular modem for its future iPhones and may launch these phones in 2021, a report has claimed. Apple develops its own processors for iPhones and iPads but it will be first time that the Cupertino-based company will develop its own cellular modem. Currently, Apple depends on Intel or Qualcomm for these modems but given the sour relationship with Qualcomm and Intel facing problem of heat dissipation caused by the 8060 modem chip, Apple may have had no option to take matter in its own hands. 

Recently, Apple had posted a job listing for a cellular modem systems architect. According to The Information, a source “briefed on Apple’s plans” confirmed that the company is actively working on a cellular modem. Analysts claim that it could take as long as three years for an indigenously developed cellular modem to ship in an iPhone. This could mean that, if everything goes according to Apple’s plans, an iPhone with an in-house developed cellular modem (an of course processor) will release in 2021.

The news comes a day after a Chinese court banned the import as well as the sale of some older iPhone models in China. The Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models. Qualcomm had also claimed that Apple has used its access to Qualcomm’s proprietary software to help Intel.

Intel had countered Qualcomm by saying that the company’s track record is clear and it has been one of the world’s leading technology innovators for more than 50 years. “It (Qualcomm) has publicly disparaged Intel’s products – products created by the innovation and hard work of dedicated teams of scientists and engineers at Intel….. It is easy to say things. We are proud of our engineers and employees who bring the world’s best technology solutions to market through hard work, sweat, risk-taking and great ideas,” Steven R Rodgers, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation, said.

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