In a groundbreaking announcement that has the tech world buzzing, Qualcomm and Apple are extending their 5G modem deal until 2026! That's right, the two tech titans have decided to play it long-term, offering a glimpse into Apple's future iPhone strategy.
Originally, this legendary partnership was set to sunset this year. But now, the new agreement ensures that Snapdragon 5G modems will power iPhones through 2026, providing Apple a safety net as they grapple with delays in developing their own in-house 5G modems.
"It's like Qualcomm just handed Apple the Infinity Gauntlet of 5G technology," says an industry analyst. The deal will cover smartphone launches for 2024, 2025, and 2026, giving us a roadmap of where Apple intends to steer its flagship product.
While Apple has been doggedly working to produce its custom 5G modem chips — even buying out the majority of Intel's smartphone modem business — things haven’t been smooth sailing. They were even in talks with chipmaking behemoth TSMC to take the helm of 5G iPhone modem production. This extended deal with Qualcomm suggests that Apple needs a bit more time to perfect its own technology.
Interestingly, Qualcomm expects to supply 20% of modem chips in Apple phones by 2026, a target they had originally hoped to hit by 2023. That's right, folks, this partnership isn't slowing down anytime soon!
In a twist of irony, it seems Huawei might beat Apple in the 5G race, despite U.S-led restrictions. Huawei’s new Mate 60 handset reportedly features a homegrown Kirin 9000s chip. If this is the case, then Qualcomm's extension could be the lifeline Apple needs to keep up in the fiercely competitive 5G market.
So, in the next few years, when you’re live-streaming your favorite concert or enjoying lag-free gaming on your iPhone, remember, it’s not just Apple magic — it’s Qualcomm magic too. This partnership is shaping the future of smartphones, and we're here for it!