The latest report from MacRumors suggests Apple is working on its own 5G connectivity chip for the iPhone 13 and its next generation of iPads.
The iPhone 12 was Apple’s first generation of smartphones equipped with 5G, using Qualcomm’s 5G module. Now, the Cupertino company is planning to manufacture its own module, called mmWave 5G AiP.
According to supply chain insiders, Apple has accelerated the production process for the chip lately, suggesting it wants to use it for its next generation of iPhones and iPads.
In 2019, Apple acquired Intel’s smartphone modem division, in order to help speed things up with the development of its own 5G module.
The iPhone 12 was recently released, and it uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem.
According to court papers, Apple is set to use Qualcomm’s modems until 2024, so it’s likely the mmWave 5G will be introduced in stages.
The next iPad Pro is looking at a late 2021 release. The device is expected to run on the A14X chip, which will be based on the A14 Bionic SoC that powers the iPhone 12 series.