Apple is making its own modem

@ 2019/02/11
Reuters confirmed what we said in December

Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, was rumored to become a new Intel CEO but instead he got a rocky ride to build a modem for Apple. This is again our "we told you so moment" as we suggested that this will happen and the last time we wrote about it was in mid-December, or months before Reuters.

Using Intel is a temporary solution and the fact that Apple insisted that it get Qualcomm’s source code for every single modem always sounded alarming. We have pointed out before that Apple wants things in house and that it has been working on a modem for a while even earlier.

Apple pushed application processor manufacture, later pushed Imagination Technologies by making its own graphics and now the modem is the last big piece of the technology jigsaw that has been missing.

Huawei has one, Samsung has one and Apple is the only one out of the big three that doesn’t have one. Xiaomi and Oppo who also make the top-five manufacturers list are still happy buying modems and technology from Qualcomm.

The fact that Johnny is taking over modem development from Rubén Caballero usually means that the company has to step up the game and that the previous guy hasn't been doing a great job.

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