Well-known tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has made another claim regarding Apple’s upcoming iPhones. He claimed so in an investor note seen by MacRumors Apple the 2023 iPhones would start with their own 5G cellular modem. He predicts that “the” iPhone “will not adopt Apple’s own design of 5G baseband chips until 2023 at the earliest.” 2023 is pretty far away, and considering how quickly things are changing in the world of technology, it seems to go further. But if that prediction is true, then Apple would have taken another step towards self-reliance to abandon the prediction Qualcomm 5G baseband chips in their own right, as was the case with the Intel chips that put their own M1 chips into the MacBookswho have favourited iMacs and the new 2021 iPad Pro range.
That Apple works alone 5G modem is not a whole new rumor and it has been reported before.
According to Kuo, as Apple builds its own 5G baseband chips, the competitive pressure increases as Qualcomm and MediaTek have less bargaining power with brands. “With Android sales sluggish in the high-end 5G phone market, Qualcomm will be forced to compete for more orders in the low-end market to make up for Apple’s lost orders. If the supply bottlenecks improve, MediaTek and Qualcomm will have less bargaining power with brands, resulting in significantly more competitive pressure in the mid to lower market, ”predicts Kuo in his note.
The tech analyst previously claimed Apple would launch the sixth generation iPad mini in the second half of 2021. Apple didn’t announce the iPad mini during the Spring Loaded event and only focused on the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iMacs. all powered by the tech giant’s own M1 chip. This led to speculation that Apple might consider launching the iPad mini later in the first half of 2021. However, Kuo’s claim dashed those rumors and predicted the rollout would be postponed until the second half. The upcoming iPad mini is expected to be equipped with an 8.4-inch display and operated with the M1 chip. Apple last updated the iPad mini product line in March 2019 with the iPad mini 5.