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Apple's 5G modem will not be ready before 2025

Apple A16 Bionic processor design (Source: Apple)
Apple A16 Bionic processor design (Source: Apple)
After a few years of rumors, it looks like Apple's in-house 5G modem is still not ready to see the light. According to insiders familiar with the matter, the iPhone 16, expected to arrive in 2024, will use chips that Qualcomm still has to unveil, so Apple's own 5G solution will not be ready before 2025.

Over the last few years, we heard more than just a few times about Apple's plans to develop its own 5G hardware. Sadly, it looks like the old "by 2022" part will have to be shifted by about three years. According to the latest rumors, the company's 5G modem will not be ready before 2025 and the iPhone 16 lineup will use 5G solutions from Qualcomm chips that have yet to be unveiled.

As revealed by Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu, the successor of Qualcomm's most potent 5G solution to date, namely the Snapdragon X70, will be unveiled in the near future as the Snapdragon X75. This chip will be made for a list of select clients, including Apple.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 is expected to use TSMC's 4 nm process and, obviously, to come with noticeable power efficiency improvements. The upcoming iPhone 15 lineup will most likely use the aforementioned Snapdragon X70, which was unveiled back in February. Compared to the Snapdragon X65 used by the iPhone 14 handsets, the X70 comes with new AI capabilities for faster average speeds, improved coverage, decreased latency, and an impressive 60 percent power efficiency.

Considering all the above and Apple's failure to complete the development of its own 5G modem so far, it is safe to assume that the iPhone 17 lineup will be the first one to use a 5G solution made by the Cupertino-based tech giant.

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Codrut Nistor, 2022-10-10 (Update: 2022-10-10)