Apple is set to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 to power its 5G capabilities
Although it is still very early days for iPhone 15 rumors – what with the iPhone 14 only having launched a month ago – we are starting to hear a few whispers about what to expect next year. Although it is still very early days for iPhone 15 rumors, we are starting to hear about what to expect next year. The most recent interesting prediction pertains to the 5G modem that will be included in the iPhone 15. Apple is reportedly planning to employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 to power its 5G capabilities, an upgrade from the Snapdragon X65 that currently resides in the iPhone 14 line-up, as reported by an industry expert by the name of Jeff Pu.
The improved chip has lower latency, uses less power, and comes with a suite of artificial intelligence enhancements that should result in improved speeds and more reliable coverage regardless of where a phone is used. The fact that Apple is rumored to be creating its very own 5G modem, much in the same manner that it has been developing its very own processors for the iPhone, is a subplot that is relevant to this discussion. According to Pu, an Apple 5G chip is not going to be available for quite some time.
According to Pu, Apple will continue to work with Qualcomm to fulfill its requirements for a 5G modem in the iPhone 16, which is expected to be released in 2024. That is likely to be the Snapdragon X75, although at present we have no further information regarding it. Following that, it’s possible that we’ll see a handset in 2025 that contains an entire set of chips manufactured by Apple; therefore, consider this to be the very first rumor about the iPhone 17 as well. In the meantime, you can count on us to keep you abreast of any and all rumors and leaks concerning the iPhone.
Apple’s desire to maintain as much control as possible over the hardware components that go into its products is evident: the company has been manufacturing chipsets for the iPhone and iPad for several years, and it has recently migrated to using Apple-made silicon in its computers as well. One of the few components that are still made by a third party is the 5G modem that is found in the iPhone. There is no doubt that Apple wants to change this, which is why it spent a significant amount of money in 2019 on purchasing the 5G modem business from Intel.
Whatever the cause may be, the procedure of moving over is taking significantly more time than was possibly anticipated. There had been some talk that Apple would release a 5G processor as early as 2023, but this now appears to be a less realistic scenario. But it will happen eventually, and Apple will hope that by developing both its hardware and software on its own, it will be able to make products that work even better and don’t have any problems.