Apple has long sought to move away from using Qualcomm modems for its own internally developed solutions. A new report from Nikkei Asia suggests that Apple will finally start using its custom 5G modems in 2023, and they will be built on TSMC’s 4nm process node. Prior to this, a report from Ming-Chi Kuo also speculated that Apple will switch to its internal modem in 2023 at the earliest.
Apple has been looking for a new solution for their smartphone modems ever since it dropped Qualcomm in 2018 due to patent litigation, though it still uses the Qualcomm X60 in the iPhone 13 series. The following year, Cupertino bought Intel’s smartphone modem division for $ 1 billion. Nearly a year ago, Apple confirmed it was working on its own 5G modems, and it even launched a specialized R&D center in Munich, Germany.