Apple’s iPhone 13 series at Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G X60 will use the modem, but in 2023 in their production 5G modem will pass to the chip is said. The claimant is TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is known for his accurate predictions.
Kuo said Apple is expected to start using its own 5G modems for the 2023 iPhone family, Apple manager Johny Srouji noted that the company started development work on the modem last year and apparently the plan is to replace Qualcomm in the future.
On the other hand, there is a long-term agreement between Apple and Qualcomm. In this sense, since Apple has stated that it will use third-party 5G modems for a few years, the transition process may not be very simple. According to a document, some Apple products released between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024 will use Snapdragon X65 or Snapdragon X70 modems. So, assuming Kuo’s prediction is correct, we can say that Apple does not seem to get rid of Qualcomm completely. Apple’s in-house 5G modems can provide better wireless speeds, lower latency and improved efficiency compared to Qualcomm’s models. Of course these are completely guesswork for the time being.
Kuo also predicts that 2023 iPhones will come with an in-screen Face ID and periscope lens. 2023 could also be the year Apple launches its first foldable iPhone, according to the analyst.