What you need to know
- The iPhone 13 could bring 5G millimeter wave to more iPhones in more countries.
- Taiwanese manufacturer Qiqi has received a large order to produce millimeter wave antennas for future iPhones.
As reported by Patently Apple, Taiwanese manufacturer Qiqi has been contracted by Apple to produce millimeter wave antennas for the iPhone 13. The company is also working with foreign telecoms to bring millimeter wave to more countries with its next iPhone lineup. The iPhone 12 lineup, which is the first to feature 5G connectivity, currently only offers millimeter wave in the United States.
The company, which will share the iPhone millimeter production with Japanese electronics giant Murata Manufacturing Co., is the first Taiwanese manufacturer to supply components of Apple's iPhone antenna.
Qiqi also works closely with Qualcomm, which currently supplies the 5G modems for the iPhone 12 and is expected to be Apple's supplier for modems for the next few years.
Because of Qiqi's expertise with building modems into laptops, it could be a key partner to Apple if it was to ever bring cellular connectivity to its MacBook lineup.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.