The iPhone 15 won't use an Apple 5G modem, says Qualcomm

the jump of Manzana towards a 5G modem of its own will not happen with the launch of the iPhone 15in 2023. Thus, at least, it ensures Qualcommthat next year will continue to provide said component to the “vast majority” of apple mobiles. Undoubtedly, a fact that attracts attention, considering that for a long time it has been speculated that those from Cupertino make this change.

In the presentation of its financial results for the last quarter, Qualcomm commented that in 2023 will continue to deliver as many 5G modems to Apple as it does today. Something not minor, considering that the company itself expected to provide only 20% of the chips that would be used in the iPhone 15.

Thus, the next generation of mobile phones from the Californian firm would still not be able to take the next step to cut dependence on components designed by third parties. If confirmed, Apple will continue to be linked to one of its main “friend enemy” at least for one more year. Let's not forget that Qualcomm and those from Cupertino staged a fierce legal battle for patents between 2017 and 2019, and it was from there that the latter began working on their own cellular modem for the iPhone.

Since then, it has been said several times that it would be the 2023 models – the iPhone 15, after all – that would see the first generation of the new component developed by Apple. However, this year they would have appeared overheating problems in the first prototypes that have been tested, which would prevent its implementation before 2024.

The iPhone 15 would keep Qualcomm's 5G modem

Qualcomm |  Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 |  iPhone 15

It is logical that the development of complex components such as cellular connection chips brings setbacks. Since Apple bought Intel's modem division in 2019, rumors have suggested that the use of a new piece of proprietary hardware in the iPhone would start in 2022. However, that did not happen. And the way things are going, It will not happen with the iPhone 15 of 2023 either..

At the end of last year it became known that those from Cupertino had delegated the manufacture of their new 5G modems to TSMC. Apple's idea is to take advantage of the Taiwanese giant's 4-nanometer technology, although initial tests were done with 5-nanometer components. At that time, it was also mentioned that the intention of Tim Cook and company was to start mass production of 5G modems in 2023, just in time for the iPhone 15. But the problems detected in the prototypes would have changed the landscape completely.

Qualcomm now says that it expects your Apple revenue stream is at a minimum from tax year 2025. Something that, although it confirms its 2019 projections, gains more strength with the delay in the arrival of the 5G modem of those of the apple.

Of course, nothing is written in stone and this type of information should always be taken with a grain of salt. Also, regardless of what happens with the iPhone 15 or 16 in terms of hardware, it should not be forgotten that the previous models of the mobile will continue to be on sale for a while longer. And it's still not clear if they could suffer “revisions” in the production line to update its components and remove Qualcomm from the equation.

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