Apple is reportedly developing its own modem for iPhones

Apple is reportedly developing its own modem for iPhones
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As Apple has grown in size over the years, the company has tried to both diversify its supply chain and reduce its dependence on third-party components by creating its own CPUs and GPUs, among other things. According to a new report by Bloomberg, though, the Silicon Valley-based giant could soon introduce its own modem. 

Over the past month, Apple has posted no less than 10 job listings on its website. The company is hiring both hardware and software engineers in San Diego to work on a number of wireless components, which certainly isn’t a first for the company. This time around, though, it’s looking for people with experience in LTE and Bluetooth, in addition to next-generation networks that rely on 5G and millimeter wave tech. This all points towards a new modem that will presumably make its way into future iPhones once ready.

At the moment, Apple is expected to introduce 5G support to its iPhones in 2020 through Intel’s next-generation chip. But if the iPhone company can successfully create its own modem by then, Apple could easily switch Intel's chip out for its own. This would allow it to reduce its dependence on external companies, a move that would help avoid any future patent or royalty battles that resemble its ongoing one with Qualcomm, who used to supply modems for iPhones.

Aside from these mentioned benefits, it would provide Apple with yet another way to differentiate its devices from the competition. Perhaps more importantly for the company, though, is that it would give it full control over costs. This means that it could push its profit margin up even further.

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13 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31258; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hurry up with the iModem, cause the Intel modem is a piece of crap, my Max experiences several LTE disconnects a day. Has me grabbing my Note 9 more and more.

2. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Omg omg omg this cant be real!! Apple are actually gonna produce there own hardware!!!!!!! for there iProduct!

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I might apply there, not!!

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2177; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You won’t apply there because you’re not qualified for any of the positions.

4. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

There you go Apple. Everything in house. The only two suppliers that are worth a damn are Samsung and Sony.

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

What do you mean by Everything in house? You mean like design their own SoC, and now their own modems. Apple doesn't make their own ram, storage, displays, and a number of other components are all made by other OEMs.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1433; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

So years of stealing secrets from the modem suppliers to make their own modems next. Intel must feel betrayed as they were hoping to have Apple as a client for their modems

7. apple-rulz

Posts: 2177; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

So gather up your information that proves Apple stole secrets from others, and take you findings to the appropriate authorities.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Wasnt Apple sued for stealing chip tech from a school? Am sure those things were secret to the school and they shared it to Apple and Apple refused license it and stole it and used it. Just like they stole from Xerox a project that was a secret to the public. Would you like more? Stop acting like you dont know Apple has stolen from plenty of companies This is what makes coming to this site a terrible experience. Because you guys keep acting like Apple has never done illegal things and be the first to point fingers at others. Apple is so bad they stole software from a college student. The kid who made it possible for wires sync with iOS and iTunes and Apple stole it after the kis submitted it to their app store. That and Apple is a patent troll suing people with things invented by others. Come on dude. Be real or just be quiet. You think if they openly steal stuff they wouldn't secretly do it? I mean the idea is not to get caught right But now they dont even. Care about stealing because even when found guilty a stupid President like Obama, overturned the ruling. Which was wrong. The court had a findings that Samsung prove they stolen. You guys please, stop acting like Apple is a God. Because even Gods are capable of doing evil.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

With today's technology, any company has the ability to reverse engineer things. The PC industry was born because someone figured out how to reverse engineer the IBMBIOS and make PC software run without using IBM. IBM I am sure didnt expect that. And not it is even .ofe easier to do. Looking at how someone did something is not a crime. You Re free to make your own, as l ok ng as goi can do so without infringement. So certainly they ca Gail knowledge from others work. But I can bet Apple modem certainly is based on knowledge from working with QC, Intel and even Samsung. Samsung pays for the tech they use. Even though Samsung had also complained about QC pricing, they still pay for the agreement t they sugbed. Apple is. Kt and thus they are stealing. Because they are using it without paying for it. Which is wrong. Apple dowant cRe because they Gce the courts in their back pocket and its wrong.

11. markpowervr

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

with those kind of wrong spelled words, somebody went through my mind....

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Going to, with things learned along way no doubt at all.

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