Because Apple had a patent dispute with Qualcomm and Apple cooperate with Intel. However, in the iPhone 11 series that Apple introduced earlier, the Intel 4G modem is still used. Intel is decisively selling its own 5G modem smartphone business, including technology patents, and is not ready to continue to participate in the market. Although Apple is still working with Qualcomm on the surface, it is also developing its own modem. It is expected that Apple will use its own modem in the new 2022’s iPhones.
A report by market analyst firm Fase Company said that the information provided by the source proves that Apple is indeed preparing to use its own 5G chip in 2022. However, after the Apple engineering team completed the chip development and was manufactured by the foundry, Apple needed to perform a very difficult debug demodulator test and certification process.
At the same time, Apple needs to conduct more tests in order to comply with global standards and to provide stable wireless connectivity in various countries and regions around the world. In addition, according to relevant requirements, Apple also needs to submit the relevant technical parameters and details of the modem to the US Federal Communications Commission for equipment testing and certification.