According to a report by The Information, Apple may not have a homegrown 5G modem ready for its iPhones for about six years. The company, which is expected to lag Android device makers when it comes to integrating superfast 5G connectivity into phones, has been designing more of the components inside its devices to reduce its reliance on suppliers.
That includes the key modems that connect iPhones to mobile networks. The company has been hiring engineers for the project in an effort to build 5G chips, one of the most expensive and complicated parts of a smartphone.
Citing an anonymous source, The Information said that “in interviews with prospective hires for the team, Apple has told engineers that they expect to have their own modem ready by 202
“This would have never happened at Apple under my watch,” Mr. Srouji barked at his Intel counterpart, Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala, during a meeting on Apple’s campus, according to the person, who was present at the meeting.
The size and structure of Intel’s mobile division made it difficult to efficiently engineer modems, with teams struggling to work together, according to multiple current and former Intel employees and industry partners cited in the report.
In a statement provided to The Information, Intel also confirmed interest in its modem business from many companies, reportedly including Apple:
We have world-class 5G modem technology that very few companies have the IP and expertise to deliver. That’s why many companies have expressed interest in acquiring our cellular modem assets since our recent announcement that we are assessing our options to realize the value we have created.