Apple hints on in-house cellular Modem creation to end dependency on Qualcomm

Globally renowned tech-giant Apple developed its first-ever internal silicon chip for Mac computers starting with the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac Mini. Called the Apple M1 chip, it was inserted on the new Mac computers instead of the Intel chips. A report quoted Apple’s chip chief revealing in an in-house conversation that a second chip transition is already being produced and is in early stages. A Bloomberg report quotes that Apple might be of plans to develop a cellular modem which indicates less reliance for Qualcomm chips in Apple’s products.

“This year, we kicked off the development of our first internal cellular modem which will enable another key strategic transition,” Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware said. This development comes as a significant update after Apple’s purchase of Intel smartphone modem business in July last year.

This suggests that it might be only a matter of time before the company begins producing its own radio chips. Apple had concluded a settlement with Qualcomm in regards to patent infringement and cracked a multi-year deal around the two companies’ wireless IP, where it paid $4.5 billion (roughly Rs 33,000 crores) to Qualcomm and it had provided Apple with the chips it needed to build this year’s 5G iPhones.

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