Earlier, Apple started researching and developing their own modem chips for future iPhones. But a new Nikkei Asia report confirms that Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturing company (TSMC) will build 5G modems for iPhones from 2023.
Furthermore, the report states that Apple is using TSMC’s 5nm chip product for the design and test-production of 5G modems, but will use 4nm technology for mass production.
In addition, Apple and Qualcomm reached a settlement in 2019. After that, Apple signed a multi-year chipset supply agreement with Qualcomm. However, Apple currently uses the Snapdragon X60 5nm modem for its iPhone 13 series, and previous rumors suggest that it plans to use Snapdragon X65 and X70 modems in products between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024. Thus, even if TSMC starts building. A 5G modem for Apple in 2023, it could only use it by the end of 2024.
Based on previous reports, Apple will use TSMC’s 4-nm process tech for its iPhone processor in the second half of 2022. And in 2022, iPads will be the first to adopt TSMC’s 3nm process technology. Finally, a recent report states that Apple is finalizing plans to use 3nm process tech for iPhone processors in 2023.