After many months of speculation, Apple finally concluded last July the acquisition of “a large part” of the modems for smartphones from Intel. We know the purchase has to do with Ma's ambitious plan to develop its own 5G modems for its iPhones in the near future, but we had no concrete information about that plan so far.
According to Times of india, Apple is in the process of establishing a smartphone modem development team in Bangalorein south India. 160 engineers, previously hired by Intel, are joining Ma for the venture and will have access to more than 17,000 patents created by the chip giant for the process.
Bangalore one of the largest hubs of the planet in the development of mobile chips and modems. THE Google It already has an engineering center dedicated to them in the city, with over 80 hired engineers from companies such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Intel itself. Apple already has a presence in town with an App Accelerator (as well as several company partners that assemble parts there, too).
According to analyst Prakash Sangam, heard by the report of Times of indiaThe creation of the modem development team in Bangalore is a smart move by Apple. Engineers, after all, are already extremely familiar with Ma's practices and technologies since they worked with the company while they were still hired from Intel; As a result, the transition to working on an Apple modem is almost natural.
The question now is when we will see Ma 5G modems equipping iPhones. Current forecasts are that the deadline is 2022 (by then, Apple should use Qualcomm components), but we will have to wait and see how this development will take place in practice.
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