After Apple recently announced its departure from Intel as a CPU supplier with the introduction of its own ARM chips for notebooks and desktops, it is probably only a matter of time before Qualcomm as a supplier of the cellular chips for iPhone and iPad has to believe in it. As reported by the US business service Bloomberg, according to the statements of a high-ranking manager, Apple will soon break away from its dependence on Qualcomm as a supplier of cellular modems for its devices. Qualcomm is now threatened with the immediate loss of one of its most lucrative customers, which has already caused the share of the American mobile communications specialist to collapse significantly.
Qualcomm has always been Apple’s most important partner when it comes to modems and other cellular chips. In addition to the Apple A14 SoC, the current iPhone 12 still has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem, which is responsible for all cellular connections – whether GSM, 3G, LTE or 5G.
Hardware boss confirms work on his own cellular modem
In a town hall meeting with the workforce, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Technologies has now confirmed, according to the Bloomberg report, that Apple is working on its own cellular modem. The development began this year, he told the employees. With this, Apple wants to implement another important change of strategy in order to continue to use “innovative technologies” for its own products in the future.
Apple has long been a thorn in the side of the cost of the partnership with Qualcomm. Although they worked together with Intel on a 5G modem for Apple devices from 2016 to 2018, the cooperation ended when Intel announced its exit from the 5G market. However, Apple bought Intel’s entire patent portfolio for 5G technologies for around one billion dollars.
Most recently, a new patent agreement was signed with Qualcomm in 2019. This stipulates that Apple will continue to pay license fees for the use of patented wireless technologies over a period of six years, even if there are no more Qualcomm modems in Apple’s devices. Processor, logo, CPU, chip, SoC, Qualcomm, 5G, Snapdragon, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 5G network, chipset, Qualcomm Snapdragon X55, Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 Qualcomm.