Apple has reportedly entered into an agreement with TSMC to create a custom 5G modem for its 2023 iPhone lineup. This will help the company reduce its reliance on Qualcomm for key components. The company has been preparing to move to its own designed modems for several years, and even to do so it acquired the lion’s share of Intel’s smartphone modem business in 2019.
It has been said in a report Nikkei Asia Citing people familiar with the matter, Apple has struck a deal with TSMC to build its custom-designed 5G modem, which will help reduce reliance on Qualcomm. The company is also working on radio frequency and millimeter wave components that will be part of the new 5G modem. Also, the report further states that the company is reportedly working on its own power management chip.
The new report supports a recent Qualcomm statement where the company said it expects to account for 20 percent of iPhone modem orders by 2023.
Apple currently uses Qualcomm-made modems inside its iPhone. If this report is true, then Apple will manage to improve their profit margins.
Apple is clearly in the process of testing an in-house 5G modem built using TSMC’s 5nmprocess. However, the company may switch to the 4nm process for mass production.
In other news, several reports have suggested that TSMC plans to move to a new 4nm architecture for the next-gen Bionic A-Series chipset, which will power the iPhone 14 series. The company has apparently decided to use the 3nm process to make the chip that will power next-generation iPads.
In addition to the Bionic A-Series chipsets, TSMC is the leading manufacturer of new M1 SoCs that power new MacBooks and iPad Pros.
Although the iPhone 14 is a long way off in the future, Apple is expected to launch its next-gen iPhone 14 series in the second half of 2022. Reports indicate that the device will feature a major redesign
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