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Rubén Caballero, a hardware engineering executive at Apple who worked with suppliers on modem hardware, recently left the company, reports The Information.

Caballero's departure comes just after Apple settled its lawsuit with Qualcomm and inked a deal that will see Qualcomm supplying chips for future Apple devices, including the 5G chips Apple will need for its 2020 iPhones.

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Caballero joined Apple back in 2005, and his name has been included on hundreds of Apple patents related to wireless technologies. Caballero is a well-known part of Apple's antenna engineering group, gaining public recognition following the "Antennagate" situation that impacted the iPhone 4.

A person familiar with Caballero's work at Apple told The Information that he had been responsible for "leading Apple's charge into 5G." Caballero's email address is no longer valid, his phone number is no longer active, and he does not appear in Apple's internal directory.

There is no word on why Caballero left the company, but Apple has been restructuring some of its chip teams. Apple's modem engineering efforts were put under chipmaking chief Johny Srouji back in February. Caballero and Apple both declined to comment on his departure.

Apple is planning to release its first 5G iPhone in 2020 and while the launch of the device is still more than a year away, Apple is already working on the future iPhone and ironing out technical details.

Apple will use Qualcomm chips for its first 5G iPhones, and may also be planning to source some chips from Samsung. In the future, Apple is planning to use its own custom-designed modem chips, but Apple-designed modems won't be ready for "another few years."

Article Link: Apple Engineering Leader Handling 5G Efforts Leaves Company
 

JPack

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Probably left for Qualcomm to get a bigger paycheck. Some engineers also prefer to work for companies more geared towards pure R&D. Now that Qualcomm has secured income from Apple, they're probably in an even better position to poach engineers.
 
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Probably left for Qualcomm to get a bigger paycheck. Some engineers also prefer to work for companies more geared towards pure R&D. Now that Qualcomm has secured income from Apple, they're probably in an even better position to poach engineers.

But has he recently been getting his hands dirty with actual design work or just hosting meetings?
 
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AngerDanger

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There is no word on why Caballero left the company, but Apple has been restructuring some of its chip teams. Apple's modem engineering efforts were put under chipmaking chief Johny Srouji back in February. Caballero and Apple both declined to comment on his departure.
Yes, yes, this news pleases Srouji… less competition… m–more power!

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Is it me or is there quite a few execs and other high talent individuals leaving all at once?

https://www.macrumors.com/2019/04/25/apple-industrial-design-team-employee-changes/

New faces can spark more diversity and more diversity can spark innovation. It's good to clean house once in a while.

No where does it say these people are leaving completely of their own choice. The writing on the wall could be, "we need new blood" and they're getting out before they don't have a choice. Nothing wrong with that.

No one is irreplaceable, regardless of talent or level.
 
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New faces can spark more diversity and more diversity can spark innovation. It's good to clean house once in a while.

No where does it say these people are leaving completely of their own choice. The writing on the wall could be, "we need new blood" and they're getting out before they don't have a choice. Nothing wrong with that.

No one is irreplaceable, regardless of talent or level.
it's just an observation, not like the rats are leaving the sinking ship.
 
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CWallace

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RE: "In the future, Apple is planning to use its own custom-designed modem chips"

I highly doubt it !

It would be a total waste of Engineering resources !

Not in the least. Making a modem optimized for iOS devices will likely bring the performance benefits that making an ARM chip optimized for iOS devices (A-Series) has done.


Why not buy from Huawei for non-US models?

Complicates the supply chain. Also, what happens should other country's governments start to view Huawei with the same distrust as the US Government does and propose either import bans or their consumers express a distaste for Huawei tech in their products and eschew them?


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As for Rubén Caballero's departure, in February Apple placed Johny Srouji (SVP of Hardware Technologies) in charge of modem development, possibly coinciding with the hire of Umashankar Thyagarajan from Intel.

So perhaps Rubén announced his intent to leave Apple, triggering the personnel movements. Or perhaps Apple decided they needed someone else in charge of modem development and sidelined Rubén in favor of securing Umashankar.
 
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If Apple was planning on making their own modem, I would think retaining Caballero is important. However, there must be something going on behind the scenes and since both Apple and Caballero declined to comment.
 
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