The story of Apple's efforts to secure 5G chips for its iPhone-iPhone lineup is almost not as good as illustrated by a new deep report published by The Information .
As you probably heard, Apple and Qualcomm this April are about to settle their long-standing patent queries after more than two years of litigation. As part of the settlement, both companies agreed on a six-year license agreement that will see Qualcomm provide chipset for iPhone for at least six years. Interestingly, Apple was forced to settle on Qualcomm because of a number of issues surrounding Intel's ongoing efforts to produce a 5G chip for upcoming iPhone models.
As the report relays, Apple's pessimism about Intel's modem performance dates back to early 201
"Apple didn't see Intel's 5G fashion architecture and software algorithms as clear," a person familiar with the events told the information . "Finally, Intel produced a working prototype of a 5G modem, but the chip's design was great, making it expensive to produce."
In short, Apple had nothing but settling with Intel.
Meanwhile, have been credible reports of Apple's efforts to design their own 5G modems internally. For this purpose, remember that Apple last month stabbed Umashankar Thyagarajan away from Intel, the chipmaker's 5G modem technician.
While there have been rumors that Apple's own 5G chips can appear in iPhones by 2022, it looks like it's not unlikely. Modem development is a long and involved process, with The information notes the following:
In fact, its multi-year modem agreement with Qualcomm can only be temporary since Apple has a large internal team that develops its own modem, as the information has previously reported. But the internal effort seems to be longer from fruition than some chip experts have predicted. In interviews with potential rents for the team, Apple has told engineers that they expect to have their own modem ready by 2025, a person familiar with the discussions said.
Interestingly, Apple and Qualcomm's license agreement is finally in 2025.