Apple leaks have already claimed the incredible iPhone 15 development is coming in 2023. But now a new report says that one of the most anticipated may not come out for several years.
In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu stated that Apple’s first domestic 5G modem is unlikely to be ready for the launch of the iPhone 15. Moreover, the analyst said that it may even miss the launch of the iPhone 16 in 2024.
This news comes as a surprise given that Apple bought Intel’s 5G modem business for $1BN back in July 2019, and Intel modems are already used in smartphones around the world, including the iPhone 11 range. Yes, tests show that they are inferior to Qualcomm modems, but there is nothing to suggest that 5 years of market deprivation will be needed to become more competitive.
Additionally, the news is a hit for iPhone enthusiasts. Apple has long touted the benefits of its integrated devices, and Apple’s in-house modem is expected to offer significant performance and power improvements compared to Qualcomm’s off-the-shelf X-range, which most used by Android rivals.
That said, it’s not all bad news. While Qualcomm’s first 5G modems were criticized for their high power consumption, newer models have improved significantly. In particular, Forbes Senior Contributor David Altavilla described the upcoming Qualcomm X70 as a ‘Game Changer.’
This is due to its use of standard mmWave 5G (capable of speeds of up to 8.3 gigabits per second), sub-6GHz carrier connectivity (providing speeds of up to 6.0Gbps on most models ‘like 5G’), and ‘Smart Transmit 3.0’ technology, a system-level upgrade feature that will improve power management.
Given the delay for Apple’s internal modem, the X70 is now a real lock for the iPhone 15, after the iPhone 12, 13 and 14 used the X55, X60 and X65 modems, respectively.
Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 15 is expected to come with a unified design that uses Dynamic Island and replaces the Lightning port with USB-C ahead of the European Union’s implementation of the project. year 2024. But there is fear that the price will rise again.
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