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Apple has given a boost to the priority of developing its own modems. In this way, the telephone manufacturer hopes to reduce its dependence on external parties.

Apple wants to build the modems for its iPhones as quickly as possible. As early as last autumn, it became clear that Apple intended to build the chips itself. A few vacancies combined with confirmation from anonymous sources made the ambition an open secret. In the first phase of development, however, the project was led by Rubén Caballero, who is only in the third place in the Apple hierarchy.

New leaks show that Apple has now transferred the project to its hardware division, and that hardware boss Johny Srouji has been given the lead. Such an escalation shows that the priority of the development of their own modems has been given a boost.


That makes sense. Qualcomm was Apple’s main supplier for a long time, but the two companies have been in legal trouble for several months now. In the meantime, Qualcomm refuses to deliver to Apple, which means that the latter has to rely on Intel for all its fashion needs. This is an unhealthy situation, and moreover, the Intel modems are not of the same quality as those of Qualcomm.

As with the development of its own processors, Apple seems to think that it’s better to just draw the chips under its own roof. Thus, Cupertino retains full control, and Tim Cook does not have to fear for a new legal soap. The development of the chip will probably still take a few years, so that the future iPhones will probably still have Intel on board.

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