Qualcomm remains Apple’s primary 5G modem supplier for iPhones

Hawaii, Nov 20 (IANS): Qualcomm will remain the main supplier of 5G modems for the upcoming iPhones for at least two more years, according to a top executive.

In an interaction with IANS, Chris Patrick, SVP and General Manager, Mobile Handset, Qualcomm said the company will continue to provide its 5G modems for next-generation iPhones and will remain a primary supplier for the iPhone maker for several years. more years.

Apple is currently working on its own 5G chip for future iPhones, but it may not debut until 2025.

This means that all iPhone 15 and iPhone 16 models will contain Qualcomm 5G modem chipsets.

On the company’s earnings call earlier this month, Chief Financial Officer Akash Palkhiwala had said that for Apple product sales, “we now expect to have the vast majority of share of 5G modems before the launch of the iPhone in 2023, up from our previous 20 percent assumption.”

Other than this, “there are no changes to our planning assumption and we assume a minimal contribution from Apple product revenue in fiscal 2025,” he said.

Reports also surfaced that Apple is using a Qualcomm modem and its own technology to provide the satellite communication emergency SOS feature on the new iPhone 14 series.

The Emergency SOS feature in the iPhone 14 series uses multiple components that use the Qualcomm X65 modem processor, AppleInsider reports.

Qualcomm’s X65 modem also offers 5G for mainstream mobile networks.

Qualcomm and Apple announced an agreement in 2019 to dismiss all pending lawsuits between the two companies worldwide, including with Apple’s contract manufacturers.

The companies reached a global patent license agreement and a chipset supply agreement. Apple and Qualcomm have been feuding over patent licensing practices since 2017.