The next generation iPhone 15 series coming out in 2023 will feature 5G modems by Qualcomm reconfirms tech analyst Mark Gurman from Bloomberg.
Previously, it was reported that Apple was working on its custom 5G modem which would debut in 2023 iPhones. The tech is expected to reduce the company’s reliance on its partner Qualcomm with whom Apple has been in litigation over royalties.
However, Apple’s own 5G modem chip is not ready yet. Therefore, it will continue to use Qualcomm 5G chip till 2025, at least.
Beyond iPhone 15, Apple to use Qualcomm’s 5G chip until 2025
Earlier this year, Ming-Chi Kuo detailed that the tech giant failed to develop its in-house 5G modem and contrary to the expectation, the manufacturer would provide 100% of 5G for the 2023 iPhone 15 series as Apple’s only modem supplier. But he also added that Apple was continuing to perfect its 5G modem to eventually replace Qualcomm.
Gurman’s latest report corroborates Kuo’s claims and states that Qualcomm will supply the “vast majority” of 5G modem chips for Apple devices including the iPhone 15 series in 2023.
Providing more detail, Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu said that iPhone 15 series will feature a new Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 modem built on TSMC’s 4nm process for faster connectivity. It will feature AI technology for increased performance, superior power efficiency, PowerSave 3.0, uplink carrier aggregation, standalone mmWave, and 4X sub-6 carrier aggregation.
And speculating on the tech giant’s plans beyond 2023, he added that the 2024 iPhone 16 series will be equipped with the next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon X75 modem also built on TSMC’s 4nm process. Thus, Apple is going to use Qualcomm’s tech until 2025.
The latest iPhone 14 series is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem for faster 5G speeds and longer battery life. Testing revealed that iPhone 14 Pro can achieve up to 38% faster 5G speeds than iPhone 13 Pro.