Apple has been diligently developing its in-house 5G modem and has not yet unveiled an iPhone featuring this homegrown 5G chip. Currently, the company relies on Qualcomm for its 5G capabilities. Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned analyst, has lent credence to earlier reports by confirming that this reliance on Qualcomm will persist for the next two years, as Apple is anticipated to make the transition to its in-house 5G modems by 2025.
Consequently, the forthcoming iPhone 15 and the subsequent iPhone 16 lineup will continue to utilize Qualcomm’s 5G modems. It is plausible that the iPhone 17 could potentially mark the inaugural use of Apple’s proprietary 5G modem. Additionally, there have been reports of the iPhone SE 4, initially slated for release in 2025, incorporating Apple’s in-house 5G chip.
Detailed information regarding Apple’s 5G modems remains undisclosed, leaving questions about the enhancements and advantages they will offer over Qualcomm’s 5G chips.
Earlier this year, there were indications that Apple was contemplating the deployment of its wireless chip for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity in iPhones. The first iPhone equipped with Apple’s in-house wireless chip is expected to debut in 2025.
Furthermore, Apple is reportedly exploring the amalgamation of wireless and cellular chips to streamline production costs and enhance power efficiency.