Apple's in-house cellular modem might not be used in iPhones until 2021

Apple's in-house cellular modem might not be used in iPhones until 2021
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Following a number of job listings last month which sparked speculation, today a new report states that Apple is indeed working on its very own cellular modem at the moment.

According to The Information, an anonymous source familiar with the company’s plans has confirmed that Apple’s cellular modem is indeed an active project at the moment. To further back up these claims, the report cites a job listing that was published just one week ago. In it, Apple states that the person hired will be “a key member” of its wireless architecture team “working on modem systems architecture.” Additionally, the employee will “develop wireless signal processing algorithms” and be required to collaborate with chip vendors in order to “ensure consistency.”

Once again, this job listing specifically mentions 5G and 4G LTE networks. But it, unfortunately, doesn’t list anything about the project’s length. According to the report mentioned above, though, Apple’s proprietary modem may take up to three years to develop. This means that it might not make it into iPhones until the 2021 model year.

In the meantime, Apple is expected to continue exclusively using Intel’s modems on new smartphones. Additionally, if the modem does indeed arrive in 2021, it would mean that Apple’s first 5G iPhones will feature Intel models too – these are currently set to arrive in 2020.

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15 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They need to get it out now, cause the Intel modem is crap. Multiple cellular disconnects per day.

3. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Is it really that bad? I always thought it was overexaggerated.

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1901; Member since: May 17, 2017

Yeah, it’s not great. Fortunately, I spend most of my time on WiFi.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes it is bro. As I type this from my Note 9 (Qualcomm), my iPhone wont load, and just displayed the can't open page message. This happens far too much, and noth of my phones are AT&T, no excuses. I took the iPhone out, to browse PA, but had to take the Note out. Due to Intel, I move carry both devices, cause incant depend on my Max to have data.

17. Taphius

Posts: 109; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

I'm seeing half the wifi speed of my note 9 and 6t unless right next to the router. Range is definitely lacking on it.

21. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Damn thats crazy. If that's the case they do need to hurry.

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Dude and you are ok with it? Bring that crappy phone back and ask for a refund. Apple can't make a modem right now. They need to pay Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung etc etc for the patents first. Maybe they will not even get permission to use them.

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Does this mean all da iTroll crew members AKA Leo da 'No display' iMC, whatev'i, piyath da iGod worshipper, Venomxydanomercybiach, iRouyal, Nate Diaz Lover, marvshasfallen aka Peaceladyboy & midan da iFisherman have to iPretend & iLie that there's no iProblem and their iPrecious modem works just as good as Qualcomm's until 2021? And how would Victor H, Daniel P & Ray S iProtect their iMighty on PA from this until then? I mean people are speaking up nowadays... They can't forever ignore the major cons and iBlindly give Apple 9+ ratings....

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6920; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The iThing is getting really old dude.

9. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Then don't read my post and get iTriggered iDude. I'll say whatever I want to say and there's nothing you or da iTroll crew could do to stop me. Now get iLost.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My thing is, how can PA give the XS/ Max phone of the year, with the glaring Intel modem issue? That alone should disqualify it.

11. brandom

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2018

Because as long as you don't use the phone to actually call people or internet for anything productive, the XS/Max is the best phone you can get.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31773; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Facts lol.

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

Lets see this is a new area for Apple, I doubt they can be better than qualcomm. Apple sold themselves to the devil , this intel modem switch was the worst move they could have ever made. even 100$ phones r using qualcomm tech while Apple wants to reivient the world the devices suffer big time.

20. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Display would be next to in house.

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