Apple has had a 5G phone lineup since the iPhone 12, but it is yet to release an iPhone with its own 5G modem inside. So far, the company has used Qualcomm's 5G modems inside, but there have been rumours about the company developing its own 5G modems.
It looks like Apple's own 5G modem might be a bit farther away than previously expected. Analyst Jeff Pu has said that iPhone 15 and 16 will both carry Qualcomm 5G modems, which means Apple's own 5G modem won't be seen for at least two more generations of iPhones.
Analyst Jeff Pu hints at Apple's 5G modem delay
Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu discussed Apple's 5G modems in a research note, according to MacRumors. According to him, 2024 iPhone models, i.e. the iPhone 16, will use Qualcomm's Snapdragon X75 modem, which is yet to be announced. Qualcomm already announced the X70 earlier this year, which Is expected to go into the iPhone 15 models coming out in 2023.
This partially lines up with another report from earlier this year, where analyst Ming-Chi Quo said that Apple had failed to build a 5G model in time for the iPhone 15. Jeff Pu is claiming that one more generation of iPhones is unlikely to get it. If this is true, we may not see an iPhone with Apple's own 5G modem before the iPhone 17, due in 2025.
The best iPhones so far have all used the Qualcomm 5G modems. The iPhone 12 had the Qualcomm X55, the iPhone 13 used Qualcomm X60, and the newly-released iPhone 14 series uses the Qualcomm X65 modem. It remains to be seen how quickly Apple can switch to its own 5G modem, and whether these reports will turn out to be true. It seems unlikely to happen for the iPhone 15, though, given the multiple reports claiming so.
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Palash has been a technology and entertainment journalist since 2013. Starting with Android news and features, he has also worked as the news head for Wiki of Thrones, and a freelance writer for Windows Central, Observer, MakeUseOf, MySmartPrice, ThinkComputers, and others. He also worked as a writer and journalist for Android Authority, covering computing, before returning to freelancing all over town.