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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55 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; 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: 414; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 848; Member since: May 17, 2017

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; 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: 95; 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: 414; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

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

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I think this dude needs to change his phone (or his carrier), because I never heard anyone having such a problem with the cellular reception. The intel modems are indeed a bit slower but they offer decent performances. PS: for some dumbasses: I get 200 Mbps with my intel 7, do you get at least half with your QC modems?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

14. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Leo da 'No display' iMC: "I should go hide now and iPretend never saw that link in my iLife"

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I bet he's heard of it now. He'll rebut it, and justify why iPhones don't need modems, and the issue is nothing more, than the Intel modem being on break.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You came here to blow? I have 200 Mbps when I’m outside (100 Mbps inside the buildings) with a 2y old intel based device; how much do you have with your qc based phone?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

“The iPhone XS LTE issues are causing SLOWER cellular reception” You claimed NO cellular reception at all. That’s different.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rebut all you want sonnnn, the truth is the truth.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, the truth is you have lied when you have said the Max has a issue with Intel modems NOT WORKING AT ALL. (that is in no way a green card for Apple from me - I agree with the fact that the freaking phone should have been thoroughly tested and this kind of issues should not have been present)

44. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The reason this is a problem is, Apple wants a cheaper price and couldn't get it from QC. Intel said they had a ower option and Apple chose it when we already had been reading that Intel was having issues developing their modem. QC already jad a unified solution and Apple chose the bottomline cheap route and its burned them...AGAIN. But yet they keep jacking yo the price and giving you less and then when we say something, all you guys claim is we hate Apple. We are only telling you what is right in your face. Apple right now is having a money flow problem. That Is why they are cutting corners. Cheap modems, bending iPad, Mac that are failing because if poorly made parts. Apple doesn't cRe aboutvtesting because they have that "we can fix it mater me tality" because they can always do uodates. The problem is the modem is garbage and no update is gonna fix it. The only update is too BUY THE NEXT IPHONE. I'm so happy that the main and only reason I. Uy a new phone. Is because it is my bad habit. I love new tech toys and i buy them out of adduction and I enjoy every minute. I am so glad I dont have to buy a new updated model, because they use cheap parts, cut corners, and keep rasing costs.

46. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Qc wants to charge Apple on the base of the final price of the device, which is like charging the bread on the base of the price of the dinner dish; Apple - as well as any other manufacturer- was entitled to ditch it and find another source of modems. Just like I have said numerous times before, I only care about the product, I don’t care about the individual components and my product delivers the maximum speeds I have with my carrier (and every EU based carrier I have used so far) so Intel modems might be slower some places but they are far from being “garbage”. There are people that have problems with SLOW connections and that’s not cool - I will never say otherwise - but they have the option to EXCHANGE their phones or get a refund, so why the long talk?

24. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

In post #10 this iTrolling iTriggered iLiar wrote "The intel modems are indeed a bit slower but they offer decent performances." So I guess my QC based phone is definitely faster than your Intel based iSlow iFake 200 Mbps LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I have browsed through those links and found exactly what I suspected: people had/have POOR lte reception and SLOWER speeds, they did NOT had/have no reception and no internet at all as you claim to have. I’m sure you have change how many Maxes by now? 2, 3, 4? They all have that problem or you just hang on to a faulty device and bitch about it? Have you tried to use a different SIM card (maybe from another carrier)?

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The rebutter rebutted his rebut. Intel modems in te iPhone are crap, and it's no secret fool.

42. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Have you tried wiping the phone and setting it up again. Many said it solved the connectivity issue for them. Every iPhone model has had connectivity issues. No matter whose modem is in the phone. The problem is simply, Apple even though they have gotten a lot better at software, they still suck equally as bad too. The took FCP and totally made it a mess. QT is the worse media player ever. Even on my latest i7, it's still slow. iTunes? I dont even load that crap on my PC anymore. I just use iCloud for everything.

13. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"I never heard anyone having such a problem with the cellular reception. The intel modems are indeed a bit slower but they offer decent performances." Leo da 'No display' iMC is an iTroll + an iLiar. Post #2 was dead on.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/XmaefjP This is my internet speed now, inside my office in the center of a 300k people city, using a XR (a phone with a “bad” Intel modem); can you beat that with your phone with a Qualcomm modem? The same question for dark.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

https://ibb.co/bJDBWNp In case the other link is bad

29. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Of course my phone can beat your iFake speed. iYou da iTrolling iLiar aka Leo da 'No display' iMC wrote: "The intel modems are indeed a bit slower but they offer decent performances." So why won't my QC based phone be faster your iSlower Intel based iPhone XR?? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO https://ibb.co/30mmdny

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Very nice; that means you will have no problem, reaching those speeds with an iPhone.

32. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Actually I will have many problems reaching those speeds with an iPhone because it has the iCrappy & iSlow Intel modem in it. My Qualcomm based phone's speed(200 Mbps) was measured inside of my office, in the middle of Manhattan, which serves approximately over 4 million people on a typical weekday. So if you got 145 Mbps in the center of a 300k people city, you won't even reach 45 Mbps around here with your iSlow iPhone ;)

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You should try one, you'll be surprised by the results. PS: you do know that 4 mil people have better reception with 1500 cells than 300k people with 100?

35. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I have and you did, too iLMAOOOOOOOOOOOO Once again you were iWrong. You should try a phone with Qualcomm modem in it. You'll be crying for being an iFool this whole time iLOL I mean this came from not anyone else but iYou da iTrolling iLiar aka Leo da 'No display' iMC. "The intel modems are indeed a bit slower but they offer decent performances." So I guess you already knew but you were just iTrolling like you always do around here. Enjoy your iSlow iPhone iBro ;)

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 6714; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Mkey, because 150 Mbps mobile internet speeds on the phone is a problem...

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