It’s still too early for iPhone 15 rumors – with the iPhone 14 only launching last month – but we’re starting to hear some whispers about what to expect next year. The latest prediction of note concerns the 5G modem inside the iPhone 15.
According to industry analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors (opens in new tab)), Apple is set to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X70 to power its 5G capabilities, up from the Snapdragon X65 which is in the current iPhone 14 lineup.
The updated chip offers lower latency and consumes less power, and it comes with a set of AI optimizations that should mean better speeds and more reliable coverage, regardless of the phone’s location.
Apple modem plans
There’s a subplot here, which Apple is known to be developing its own 5G modem in the same way it is developing its own processors for the iPhone. Pu reckons that a 5G chip from Apple is still a long way off.
Apple will also stick with Qualcomm for its 5G modem needs on the iPhone 16 scheduled for 2024, Pu says. That must be the Snapdragon X75, although we haven’t heard anything about it at the moment.
After that, we might see a handset in 2025 with a full set of Apple-made chips inside it – so consider this the first rumor about the iPhone 17 as well. Of course, we will keep you posted on all iPhone leaks and rumors in the meantime.
Analysis: Apple wants full control
Apple clearly likes to have as much control as possible over the hardware components that go into its devices: having made chipsets for the iPhone and iPad for years, it has now switched its Macs to Apple-made silicon as well.
The 5G modem inside the iPhone is one of the few components that is still made by third parties, but there’s no doubt that Apple wants to change that – which is why it spends so much money buying Intel’s 5G modem business in 2019.
For whatever reason, the change process is taking longer than anticipated. There has been some speculation that a 5G chip from Apple could appear in 2023, but now it seems less likely.
However, that will happen eventually, and Apple hopes that, being responsible for all of its own hardware and software development, it can make products that run even more efficiently and smoothly.