It’s no secret that Apple wants to make its own modems for its own phones. The company get the Intel modem component sometime in the future, but as expected, Apple will take a long time to get where they need to be. That means for now, Apple is still using Qualcomm’s technology for its iPhones.
However, that is expected to change in 2023. On Qualcomm’s business day, Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala told investors they expect to give away only 20% of Apple’s. 5G modem orders in 2023. A follow -up report DigiTimes it has also been revealed that 2022 will be the last year in which Qualcomm will provide 100% of the modems to Apple for the iPhone.
What this means is that by 2023, the remaining 80% of the Apple iPhone modem needed will be provided by someone else, which many thought could be accomplished by Apple itself ia. Not many companies are making 5G modems until Apple turns to other companies like MediaTek, there is a good chance that 2023 will be the year when Apple launches their own 5G modems.
This isn’t the first time Apple has mixed and matched parts. In the past, Apple using components from Intel and Qualcomm, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Apple couldn’t completely replace their own original modems. It remains to be seen whether Apple’s modems will be better (or worse) than Qualcomm’s, but we’ll have to wait until 2023 to find out.