Apple began developing its own cell model this year, one of the company’s executives revealed. According to BloombergJohny Srouji, Apple’s vice president of hardware technologies, told employees at a meeting, “This year, we launched the development of our first internal cellular modem that will enable another key strategic transition. Long-term strategic investments like these are a critical part of enabling our products and ensuring that we have a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future. “
The tech giant currently uses Qualcomm cellular modems for its devices, including the iPhone 12. Apple and the chipmaker signed a six-year chipset deal last year after. regulation a patent rights dispute, so future iPhones could still come with parts made by Qualcomm. The company developing its own cellular modem is no surprise, purchased the majority of Intel’s $ 1 billion smartphone modem business in 2019 after the chipmaker scrapped plans to create 5G modems for smartphones. Bloomberg says the company has been hiring engineers from Qualcomm for some time now, and has teams in San Diego, Cupertino and Europe focused on cell modem development.