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Apple is now developing its own cellular modem that will be used in future devices and that will eventually replace modem components sourced from Qualcomm, reports Bloomberg.

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The information was shared by Apple's senior vice president of hardware technologies Johny Srouji at a town hall meeting with Apple employees.
"This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition," he said. "Long-term strategic investments like these are a critical part of enabling our products and making sure we have a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future."
Rumors in early 2019 suggested that Apple was planning to design a modem in-house, and mid-2019, Apple purchased the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business to accelerate its own development efforts. Apple took over Intel's modem-related intellectual property and hired 2,200 Intel employees.

At the time, Srouji said that the Intel team would join Apple's cellular technologies group, and that the acquisition would "expedite development on future products." Apple is ultimately aiming to reduce its reliance on Qualcomm, the company that currently supplies its modem chips.

Apple for several years was embroiled in a major patent dispute with Qualcomm, but when it became clear Apple would need Qualcomm's chip technology for the 5G iPhone 12 models released in 2020, Apple reached a settlement with Qualcomm and signed a multi-year licensing deal.

Apple has now built a team of hardware and software engineers that will develop the cellular modem, and it will join other wireless chips designed by Apple that include the W-series chips in the Apple Watch and the U1 ultrawide band chip in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models. Apple also makes its own A-series chips for iPhones and as of this year, has released Macs with Apple-designed processors.

There is no word on when Apple's modem chips will be ready, but the 2019 settlement between Apple and Qualcomm included a six-year licensing agreement.

Article Link: Apple Developing In-House Modem That Will Eventually Replace Qualcomm Chips
 

hot-gril

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Johny Srouji certainly doesn't seem to agree. He literally wrote in an email, "Engineering wise, they have been the best."
They probably are. Rule of thumb, I don't use things that were changed just because of licensing disputes, at least not until a lot of other people have tested the waters. The Intel modems in some iPhones were awful. That goes for ZSH on my Mac too.
 
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I'm hoping that Apple's modem leapfrogs other technologies, by not only having 5G, and FM (which they don't enable or use currently), but also ATSC 3.0 chip technology for free over the Air 4k broadcast TV reception in iPads and iPhones. It is already available for nearly free licensing and Free broadcast TV will be in cars and is now possible in cell phones too if anyone has the balls to anger the carriers as it will offer free internet content too without data fees. I hope the FCC ultimately mandates this and the new administration will have a new FCC chief, so we'll see. TV and cell phones have just one thing in common, regulated by the FCC, so yes, the FCC could mandate ATSC 3.0 not only on TV manufacturers and eventually will, but could on cell phones too. Right now no one knows that free 4K content is coming, but it is. About 7-8 different markets now in 2020 in America.
 
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I'm hoping that Apple's modem leapfrogs other technologies, by not only having 5G, and FM (which they don't enable or use currently), but also ATSC 3.0 chip technology for free over the Air 4k broadcast TV reception in iPads and iPhones. It is already available for nearly free licensing and Free broadcast TV will be in cars and is now possible in cell phones too if anyone has the balls to anger the carriers as it will offer free internet content too without data fees. I hope the FCC ultimately mandates this and the new administration will have a new FCC chief, so we'll see. TV and cell phones have just one thing in common, regulated by the FCC, so yes, the FCC could mandate ATSC 3.0 not only on TV manufacturers and eventually will, but could on cell phones too. Right now no one knows that free 4K content is coming, but it is. About 7-8 different markets now in 2020 in America.
I used to be annoyed that radios weren't active on phones in the US. Back in the day, I always wanted to be able to get OTA programming on my phones, esp. when podcasts were harder to come by or plans had limited data. It would still be cool to see
 
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