In 2018, Apple parted ways with Qualcomm due to its refusal to pay high patent fees. Since switching to Intel baseband, the problem of poor iPhone signal has become a problem criticized by many users. However, when iPhone 12 was replaced with Qualcomm 5G baseband, There is still no qualitative change in signal strength.
However, the problem of poor iPhone signal is expected to be resolved in two years.
Today, according to media reports, Apple plans to carry self-developed 5G baseband chips in iPhones from 2023.
Before the launch of Apple’s self-developed 5G baseband chip in 2023, the new iPhone will still be equipped with Qualcomm’s 5G baseband, and it will still be a plug-in method.
Compared with Kirin 9000, Snapdragon 888, and other integrated 5G SoC flagship chips, it will undoubtedly increase more power consumption and take up more space.
Due to the weak sales momentum of Android in the high-end market of 5G mobile phones, Qualcomm will be forced to obtain more orders in the low-end market to make up for the loss of Apple’s orders.
At that time, the supply shortage has been significantly improved, so MediaTek and Qualcomm have reduced the bargaining power of brand manufacturers, resulting in a significant increase in the pressure of competition in the middle and low-end markets.
It is reported that Apple actually started the development of self-developed baseband as early as after acquiring Intel’s baseband business, but it is reported that Apple hopes to launch a high-end baseband whose performance will far exceed Qualcomm products, so the development cycle is longer. , Cannot be applied in the short term.
It is worth mentioning that not long ago, Apple also announced that it will use Munich as its European silicon design center, and will invest more than 1 billion euros in the next three years to strengthen research and development.
The center will focus on developing, integrating, and optimizing wireless modems for Apple products, and creating 5G and future technologies.