On the iPhone 2023, Apple may abandon Qualcomm modems.

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We’ve known for a while that Apple is working around the clock to reduce its dependency on third parties, and now the iPhone maker is moving closer to achieving one of its long-term goals.

A report from Digitimes reveals that Apple is working around the clock on preparing a modem for the iPhone 13, which in the long term means the company would give up on Qualcomm modems.

This wouldn’t just happen overnight though, with Apple expected to debut its very own modem in approximately two years. So as a result, the first iPhone to be powered by an in-house modem will be the 2023 generation, though the timing of the launch could obviously change overnight if something doesn’t go as planned.

Designed from scratch

Interestingly, Apple is planning to use a rather unusual approach, and instead of integrating the modem into its existing chip design, it wants the upcoming solution to be offered separately.

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In other words, the chip will be designed from scratch and won’t be a part of the A series, the report adds.

Needless to say, Apple has said nothing about this rumour, so take it all with a grain of salt for the time being.

However, Apple is rumoured to be working on some major modifications for the iPhone in the long run, including the release of a foldable model in 2023. Furthermore, sources familiar with the situation stated the Cupertino-based company was considering to abandon the Lightning port on many occasions.

Apple, on the other hand, would not go with USB-C as everyone appears to expect, but instead design a portless iPhone that relies solely on wireless connectivity for everything. The release of this portless iPhone is projected to occur in 2023 at the earliest.


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