Apple May Continue To Use Qualcomm 5G Modems In iPhone 15 and iPhone 16

New iPhone models that include iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 are scheduled to release in 2023 and 2024, respectively.

According to reports, Apple will continue to use Qualcomm’s recently launched Snapdragon X70 processor and the yet-to-be-launched Snapdragon X75 chipset in its iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 models.

The upcoming iPhone series in 2023 and 2024 is expected to arrive without Apple’s new 5G modem, which is currently under development.

As far as, it is known Qualcomm X75 chipset will be manufactured based on TSMC’s 4nm process.

Back in June, one of Apple’s analysts indicated that Qualcomm will continue to supply 5G modems for newer iPhone models that are set to release in 2023 and 2024.

Based on a research note shared by Jeff Pu, a Haitong International Securities analyst, iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 might be powered by Qualcomm X70 and Qualcomm X75 chipsets, respectively.

As per reports, Apple is currently working on developing its own 5G modem, so that it can reduce its dependency on Qualcomm for its supplies.

Previously, it was reported by Ming-Chi Kuo, a TF International Securities analyst that 2023 iPhone models would be equipped with Apple’s 5G modems, while Qualcomm will have only 20% of its supply share.

Based on a recent tweet by Kuo, Apple may have failed to develop its own 5G modem within the previously mentioned time. Due to this, Qualcomm will continue to supply 5G modem processors for Apple’s upcoming iPhone models. For the time being, Qualcomm will retain its 100% supply share of 5G modems.

iPhone models that are set to launch in 2023 will most likely carry the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 chipset. For your information, the X70 supports up to 10 Gbps download speeds. Besides that, it can handle AI features for improved coverage, speeds, lower latency, and signal quality. Not just that, but it is also 60% more power efficient.

According to the predictions, the 5G modem of Apple, which is currently under development is likely to be ready by 2025. Previously, it was predicted to be released in 2023. But now there’s a two-year delay.

As per reports, Apple is planning to strike a partnership with TSMC for the manufacturing of its own 5G modems after it is ready. The modem is said to be ready and tested at 5nm.

Back in 2019, Apple bought Intel’s 5G modem division after it ended a costly modem technology contract with Qualcomm.

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