As Juan Palomo used to say: I cook it myself and I eat it. This is the philosophy of Apple. The last clear example was the project (already reality) Apple silicon. Macs already present and future will no longer have an Intel processor to mount theirs.
Now the next step is to kick Qualcomm and build its own 5G modem chip. We don’t know what stage of development this modem is at, but they will surely start fitting on some new devices next year.
Apple is increasingly clear that it is not going to buy clothes from stores where all God is going to dress, and then end up wearing the same shirt as his friend, or his enemy. His last idea was to design a costume at ARM and tell the TSMC tailor to cut and sew it. And he named it M1
For years, this designer and tailor has been making his shirts, A series chips iPhones and iPads, how good it has been), and other assorted accessories. And now it’s the pants’ turn. He’s already had enough of wearing jeans from the same brand, Qualcomm, and now he’s set out to create exclusive ones that no one else can wear, and he’s sure to succeed.
Bloomberg has just published an article in which he explains that Apple is developing his own 5G chip modem, to the detriment of its current supplier of this component: Qualcomm.
Apple bought the entire modem section from Intel
It doesn’t take anyone by surprise. In mid-2019, Apple purchased all section of Intel smartphone modems to speed up your own creations. Apple took over the intellectual property relating to the modem from Intel and hired the 2,200 Intel employees who worked in this division of the American company.
At the time of the purchase, Apple said the Intel team would join Apple’s telephony technology group, and that the acquisition “would accelerate the development of future products.” Apple is ultimately aiming to reduce its dependence on Qualcomm, the company that currently supplies its 5G modem chips.
Qualcomm saw it coming and got a 6-year contract
Apple was involved for several years in a major patent litigation with Qualcomm, but when it didn’t arrive in time to manufacture its own 5G modems for the iPhone 12, Apple struck a deal with Qualcomm and signed a multi-year license agreement.
Apple currently has a team of hardware and software engineers working on the development of a 5G modem chip, and will join other wireless chips designed by Apple, such as the W-series chips in Apple Watch and U1 ultra-wideband chip that mount the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.
It all depends on the type of agreement that the two companies have signed, so that Apple’s new 5G modem will soon be a reality, or they have to wait until the agreement ends, or accept compensation. It will be for money …