Amidst the tussle with Qualcomm, Cupertino giant Apple has started to build its in-house cellular modem, suggests reports. This newly built custom cellular modem might take 3 long years to get incorporated in iPhone models and is apparently being developed by a team of engineers at Apple. This was hinted by a new set of job listings. In specific, Apple is looking for resources in the regions of Santa Clara and San Diego.
Apple is busy working on a custom cellular modem, reported The Information. The job listing posted by Apple mentioned it’s the requirement for cellular modem systems architect to work at their San Diego office. The description of the job listing read thus- “In this role, you will be a key member of the wireless architecture team working on modem systems architecture aspects for the L1/physical layer,” various other openings are open at Apple which are for RF design engineers and will be located in San Diego.
The Information reported that Apple aims to build its custom cellular modem specifically for its future iPhone models. But if rumors are to be believed, the development of this project will not take just a few months, but as long asI3 years to roll it into iPhones. In the meantime, they will continue to outsource technology from Intel.
The initiative to build a custom cellular modem rather than pick an existing solution from a chip maker like Intel will help Apple improve the customer experience and will also help Apple customise the performance in accordance to their hardware. It will be easy for the company to integrate their cellular connectivity in their future devices, like newer Mac book or iPad Pro models or even their new Watch versions.
This is not the first time Apple is customizing it’s hardware. It has previously successfully designed its own custom Apple A-series chips which powers the entire iPhone portfolio.
Before the problems between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple relied on Qualcomm to offer cellular connectivity.
Earlier this year, Qualcomm confirmed that the 2018 iPhone models will not include its cellular modem. Qualcomm has also banned certain Apple iPhone models in China over a patent infringement issue.
Apple hadn’t revealed formal details regarding its custom cellular modem yet. But it looks like the process of building the modems will be quick due to some quality issues with Intel.