While Apple struggles with dedicated modem development, the company’s setbacks continue to give Qualcomm a chance in the iPhone 5G modem space. Just like the iPhone 14 series, the iPhone 15 will continue to offer Qualcomm’s mass-produced 5G modems, and this time, these chips will be significantly more advanced.
Going by the launch schedule, the iPhone 15 is likely to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon X70 chipset.
The latest report from DigiTimes spotted by MacRumors indicates that TSMC will develop chips used for the upcoming Snapdragon 5G modem. According to a previous teardown of the iPhone 14 Pro, the flagship featured the Snapdragon X65 modem, which only means that the iPhone 15 series will be powered by the Snapdragon X70 in 2023.
Given that TSMC is currently producing 4nm chips for a variety of customers, including Qualcomm, a Snapdragon X70 made according to the aforementioned architecture would make it extremely power efficient. In fact, Qualcomm states that its Snapdragon X70 can deliver up to a 60 percent improvement in power consumption while getting higher bandwidth, lower latency, better signal quality, and more.
In short, not only will the iPhone 15 get improved battery life with Qualcomm’s latest 5G modems, but if the user is in a difficult situation, the improved signal quality means these devices will be better at communicating with satellites. As for Apple, the company isn’t expected to roll out its in-house 5G modem until 2025, and even then, it’s not as if the tech giant will dump Qualcomm entirely.
The level of complexity when developing a 5G modem in-house is greater than what Apple A-series or M-series SoCs produce each year. It’s possible that Apple has figured out the hard way it needs to keep its business relationship with Qualcomm alive for several more years, at least until it becomes self-sufficient in mass-producing its own solution by the millions.
News source: DigiTimes