Apple developing mobile chip in-house to handle WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular

  • According to reports, Apple is working on a new mobile chip that would handle WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular requirements on its mobile devices.
  • Currently the company makes use of a Broadcom chip for WiFi and Bluetooth. 
  • In future, however, Apple could look to bring more elements in-house when it comes to silicon and chipsets.

The decision by Apple to bring much of its silicon in-house has proved a good one. Ever since its first M1 chip saw the light of day in 2020, the company has been churning out more powerful offerings with each passing quarter, and now it could look to bring an all-encompassing mobile chip in-house too.

This according to reports from Bloomberg, which notes that Apple is currently working on the development of a mobile chip to handle WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular on its devices moving forward.

The date for such a move is mooted for some time in 2025, but as The Verge points out, currently Apple makes use of a Broadcom mobile chip to handle the WiFi and Bluetooth elements of connectivity on its devices. This reported plan would then see Apple ditch Broadcom in favour of something made in-house.

As such, it is the cellular modem portion of this trio that will prove most important, as Apple makes use of Qualcomm technology on that front, specifically when it comes to 5G, which is a staple on most new iPhone models these days.

That will continue to be the case throughout 2023, but Apple says it is looking to transition to its own solution in 2024 or 2025. “For Apple product revenue, we now expect to have the vast majority of share of 5G modems for the 2023 iPhone launch, up from our previous 20% assumption,” noted Qualcomm spokesperson, Clare Conley, in a statement to The Verge.

To that end, Apple wants to embed the all-encompassing chip in one product first, before filtering it into its entire range of devices with some sort of mobile technology aspect.

We could therefore see such a mobile chip earmarked for one of the future Pro or Max model of iPhone that Apple has in the works.

For now though, there are many moving parts to this scenario, so we will have to wait for official comment from Apple on the matter, or perhaps a “One More Thing” type announcement at an upcoming product event.


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