According to analysts, Apple’s first cellular modem with Qualcomm is expected to be released as early as next year or in 2023.

Apple's first modem without Qualcomm will reportedly debut in 2023!  This is what you can expect

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CUPERTINO, CA – SEPTEMBER 12: Visitors inspect the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on September 12, 2018 in Cupertino, California.

Internal Apple chips

According to an iPhone news report in Canada, the Cupertino-based tech giant has previously stuffed its devices with internal components, moving away from what third-party companies have offered.

For example, Apple has been producing an internal chipset for its smartphones since the iPhone 4 was released on June 24, 2010 more than a decade ago.

Before the Cupertino tech giant introduced its A-Series chip for its iPhones, the 3G model relied on the chipset from Samsung, which later became Apple’s closest competitor in the smartphone competition.

Additionally, Apple recently started transitioning its Macs from Intel chips to its M-Series Apple Silicon chipsets when it introduced the M1 way back in 2020.

Since the release of the M1 chip on a MacBook, Apple has released a more powerful version of its proprietary chipset for the MacBook Pro and its all-new Mac Studio.

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Apple’s first modem without Qualcomm

However, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, this time around, Apple plans to release its own cellular modem for its various devices, such as the Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad.

Apple's first modem without Qualcomm will reportedly debut in 2023!  This is what you can expect

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: The new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro on display at launch day on October 23, 2020 in London, England. Apple’s latest 5G smartphones are on sale in the UK today.

It’s worth noting that Apple is currently using the modem that the top chip maker of Android smartphones, Qualcomm, offers.

The Wall Street Journal report further added that an internal Apple modem could further expand what the Cupertino tech giant could offer its consumers, with the introduction of next-gen features on its wearables and rumors of smart glasses.

Not to mention that Apple’s proprietary modem could also help iPhones and iPads achieve blazing-fast 5G speeds. It would be necessary because users are more dependent on downloading larger amounts of files and streaming ultra-high-definition content as part of their daily lives.

The news outlet added that its internal modem from Apple could also open up the possibility of bringing 5G connectivity to MacBooks — as other Windows laptops offer these days.

Some of the notable notebooks that offer fast cellular connections include the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360. If Apple starts making its own cellular modem, it wouldn’t be surprising to see 5G MacBooks hit the shelves.

Apple is predicted to begin production of its internal modem sometime in 2023, which should power both cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

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