- Documents related to the legal settlement of Apple and Qualcomm revealed Qualcomm’s 5G modem roadmap.
- Documents show that Apple hopes to use X65 and X70 5G modems never seen before by Qualcomm.
Apple has released its first 5G iPhones in the iPhone 12 series and it looks like they are Powered by Qualcomm’s X55 Modem Also found on Android flagships. It’s not unexpected, it’s Apple An agreement was signed Using Qualcomm chips in the first place.
Unexpectedly, old documents related to the legal settlement of Apple and Qualcomm may have taken a look at the US chipmaker’s 5G modem roadmap. Older documents – Discovered by Twitter user nydnywlsh And Macroomers – Show that Apple intends to use Qualcomm’s 5G modems by 2024. See below for a screenshot of the relevant summary.
More specifically, Apple has stated its intention to use the X55 modem for devices launched between June 2020 and May 2021. X60 modem X65 and X70 modems between June 2021 and May 2022, and between June 2022 and May 2024.
Qualcomm’s X55 will be available on Android phones from 2019. Meanwhile, the X60 was announced earlier this year and is likely to come with these Snapdragon 875 Flagship processor, which will power many high-end Android phones in 2021.
This is the first time we’ve heard of the X65 and X70 modems, but the names are all we know at this stage. That being said, we hope to have better power consumption, faster 5G speeds and more integration with Qualcomm’s RF components.
The leaked timeline may give us some insight into Apple’s internal 5G modem plans and it looks like it will be relying on Qualcomm for a while. Apple Owns Intel’s modem business Back in 2019, to create its own 5G modems at home and disconnect from the US chipmaker. But this roadmap suggests that Apple expects a longer gestation period for its first 5G modems. Of course, Apple has been making rapid progress since these documents were filed last year, but we’ll have to wait and see.