Hello, Qualcomm: Apple aims to start producing modems by 2023

Hello, Qualcomm: Apple aims to start producing modems by 2023

Apple is apparently planning to manufacture its own modems for iPhones starting in 2023.

Apple’s modems are now based on Qualcomm technology.

In the iPhone 13, Qualcomm still makes sure data packets get from your pocket to servers around the world. However, Qualcomm speculates that it will only produce 20 percent of the iPhone’s modems in the next two years. Apple’s push for independence should be of particular concern to the top players in the Android world.

By 2023 at the latest, Apple wants to become even more independent of third-party chip manufacturers like Qualcomm. As The Verge reports, there are rumors of a collaboration between Apple and TMSC, the third-largest producer of semiconductors in the world. The information here comes from Nikkei Asia. According to the report, TMSC’s manufacturing process will help Apple produce its own 5G modems, which could be used in the iPhone 16 with an eye on the calendar.

Story Highlights

  • Apple is about to take another step toward self-sufficiency! Cupertino-based business intends to collaborate with chipmaker TMSC on its own 5G modems, which will be made using a 4-nanometer technology. So, starting in 2023, would it be difficult for the iPhone to catch up in terms of connection speed?

  • Apple’s iPhones already outperform their Android counterparts in terms of performance.

Provided Apple can maintain the performance levels of the current TMSC components with its own 5G modems, the iPhone will have another ace up its sleeve in the coming years. We’ll likely find out how Qualcomm and MediaTek, the two main players in Android SoCs, stack up there in the coming days. That’s because Qualcomm will soon unveil its flagship processor for next year – and MediaTek stepped up just a few days ago with its first 4-nanometer SoC for smartphones.