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Apple 'may have failed' to build this iPhone 15 feature

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What you need to know

  • Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo held a new survey about Qualcomm.
  • According to the survey, Apple "may have failed" to create its own 5G modem for the iPhone 15.
  • Qualcomm will reportedly remain the sole supplier for 5G modem chips for the new phone through 2023.

Apple started to design its own 5G modem to replace Qualcomm back in 2020, but that doesn't seem to be coming to fruition any time soon.

According to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's development of its own 5G modem "may have failed." If true, Qualcomm will remain the sole supplier of 5G modems for the iPhone through the iPhone 15 models in 2023.

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Kuo goes on to say that, despite the setback, Apple will likely continue to work on its own modems to eventually replace Qualcomm.

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Today's report lines up with a previous report towards the end of 2020 which said that Apple planned to use Qualcomm modems in the iPhone through 2024. That would certainly give the company enough time to continue the work on its own modems to replace Qualcomm.

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Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

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.

1 Comment
  • So the bottom line is, there is no “failure”. It’s just taking longer than initially anticipated. Which, BTW, is totally normal in this business. Not to mention that taking longer than anticipated is very different from “failure”.