After Apple’s supply of modem chips is self-sufficient, Qualcomm is likely to lose a large number of Apple’s modem chip orders, starting at least in 2023.
Qualcomm recently announced plans to compete with Apple’s M-series chips during the 2021 Investor Day. Now, Qualcomm officials have revealed their future predictions for the modem business, because the company is about to supply modem chips to Apple.
Apple’s move to use its own modems will force Qualcomm and its modem chip suppliers to reduce modem production starting in 2023. According to Akash Palkhiwala, Qualcomm’s chief financial officer, the company expects to supply only modems. Modem level. By 2023, 20% of modem chips will be supplied to Apple.
In other words, 2023 will be the last year that Qualcomm will become the exclusive supplier of iPhone modem chips.
Those who don’t know may not know that Apple has spent several years developing its own modem chip. According to many recent rumors, Apple’s self-developed modem will be integrated on the iPhone released in 2023, so it is very similar to Qualcomm’s overall forecast.
Qualcomm insists that this is still a “hypothetical plan for forecasting purposes”, although it does not seem to expect this to happen. It is worth noting that this news was released after chip maker Qualcomm sought to compete with Apple chips. These chips are designed by Nuvia and will “set the performance standard for Windows PCs.”
On the other hand, the abandonment of the use of Apple’s self-developed modem chip is likely to be the result of a long-term legal dispute with Qualcomm, which was resolved peacefully in 2019.
After that, the two companies still signed a multi-year partnership because Apple still needs a lot of modem chips from Qualcomm. However, the company has also begun to develop its own modem chip to be independent of the future and limit its dependence on Qualcomm.