Reports Claim That Apple Would Like to Make its Own Chips

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Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) – Wireless modems are being developed by a few hundred workers for the tech company. One of the most secretive firms in Silicon Valley, Apple aims to transfer all of its component manufacture in-house. According to reports, Apple is trying to replace wireless components provided by Broadcom and Skyworks Solutions for its own devices.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is employing “a few dozen workers” at its Irvine, Calif., plant to work on wireless radios, RF integrated circuits, a wireless SoC, and Bluetooth and wifi chips. The announcement comes only one day after Apple informed its staff that their plans for hybrid work were permanently postponed.

For many years, Apple has relied on third-party chipmakers to make the wireless chips that run on its smartphones and tablets. Earlier this year, Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, predicted that the Cupertino business will manufacture its own 5G modem, the chip that links your mobile device to a cellular network.

The newest iPhone models have an U1 ultra-wideband for finding and connecting with other U1-equipped devices, like AirTags, since Apple already has some expertise producing wireless chips. In addition, the AirPods’ H1 chip makes Bluetooth connecting between the earphones and other devices quicker and more secure.

Broadcom, Skyworks, and Qualcomm may soon lose one of their most significant clients because of Apple’s M CPU. Intel was the sufferer here. As soon as we get a response from those companies or from Apple, we’ll update this story accordingly.

Even though Kuo predicts bespoke wireless chips will be on the market in 2023 iPhones, Bloomberg adds that the Irvine expansion is still in its early phases; there is no clear date on when we can anticipate iPhones and Macs to employ these processors.

Apple illustrated how in-house components may lead to performance benefits and improved integration across products with the debut of its bespoke M-series CPUs. To see how Apple might benefit from bespoke wireless chips outside control of production and pricing is intriguing. Apple devices would likely be able to communicate with each other in a new way if this were done. Intriguingly, claims have surfaced of an Apple 5G modem that may be included inside the MacBook Pro.