Apple’s Plan for In-House Modem Facing Delays
Apple’s plan to develop its own modem is not going as planned, according to a report from Bloomberg. Originally rumored to be ready by the spring of 2025, it is now expected to be delayed until the end of 2025 or even early 2026. This delay is in line with Apple’s extended modem deal with Qualcomm, which is currently set to last until 2026.
Creating a modem from scratch is a complex process, and currently, only a handful of companies, including Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, MediaTek, and Intel, have successfully developed 5G modems. Reports indicate that Apple’s efforts in this area are lagging behind, with the company currently three years behind Qualcomm, the industry leader. Developing a modem is not as simple as the transition from Intel processors to Apple’s own ARM-based chips.
This delay in developing its own modem could have implications for Apple’s future devices and the company’s ability to control its own hardware. However, Apple’s extended deal with Qualcomm may provide a workaround for the time being.
As the tech industry continues to evolve, the race to develop and control key hardware components like modems remains a critical part of staying competitive. Apple’s struggles in this area highlight the challenges of moving away from reliance on external suppliers for essential components. While Apple’s push to develop its own modem may be facing setbacks, the company is likely to continue its efforts to gain greater control over its hardware in the long term.
The full report from Bloomberg is available via the source link.