When you consider performance and power management, two areas where Apple SoCs have proven their worth, the other important chip in a smartphone is obviously the modem. It too must manage energy as well as possible, offer good performance and integrate perfectly with the hardware platform.
However, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst specializing in the Apple world, the Californian giant could integrate its own 5G modems into its iPhones in 2023 … ” as soon as possible “. Qualcomm would then be replaced by chips developed by Tim Cook’s teams thanks to long-term internal efforts and the takeover of Intel’s dedicated division during 2019. Last March, Barclays analysts made the same prognosis.
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The development of modems, after the preliminary work of integrating the various elements and antennas, began last year in the laboratories of the giant in Cupertino.
The adoption of internally developed chips should allow Apple to be more independent, on the one hand, but above all to optimize the performance of its modem and smartphone. Analysts at Barclays and Ming-Chi Kuo seem to think speeds could be better, as well as connection latency. We can imagine that general autonomy could also be better.