Apple is said to be planning to work with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to produce its own 5G modem for future iPhone devices.
Based on Nikkei, Apple is said to be planning to use TSMC’s 4nm process node, yet to be deployed to any commercial products; The modem appears to be being designed and tested at 5nm before moving into mass production in 2023 at 4nm.
Apple’s move to custom modems is supposed to happen in 2023, and TSMC is the natural manufacturing partner.
Qualcomm, the company that dominates the industry and manufactures modem components for the entire iPhone 13″ , recently said it expects to account for just 20% of iPhone modem orders over a two-year period.
Apple bought Intel’s The 5G modem division in 2019, heralds the ultimate transformation. Earlier that year, Qualcomm and Apple agreed to end a costly modem technology patent dispute, with Qualcomm receiving more than $4 billion (about Rs 29,750) as part of the settlement.
There are hundreds of TSMC engineers based in Cupertino to work with Apple’s chip development team.
The 2022 iPhone SoCs are said to use TSMC’s 4nm process and some iPad models are said to use 3nm processors in 2023.