Apple will continue to use Qualcomm 5G modems until 2023
In April 2019, Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement, and the two sides ended a two-year patent licensing dispute. At that time, the two companies also signed a six-year extendable license agreement and a multi-year chipset supply agreement, which paved the way for Apple’s iPhone 12 series and other products to use Qualcomm’s 5G modem.
Recently, the iPhone 12 smartphone was disassembled. Disassembly shows that Apple has used Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem chip in the new iPhone 12 series. In addition, recently, Apple’s product roadmap revealed that 2021 iPhones are likely to use Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 modem chips.
Page 71 of the settlement document shows that Apple plans to launch new products equipped with Snapdragon X60 modems between June 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022. At the same time, the company also promised to use the unannounced X65 and X70 modems in products launched from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2024.
According to the report on the settlement between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple will continue to use Qualcomm modem chips compatible with 5G networks until at least 2023.