Apple Reportedly Shifts to In-House Modem Engineering Led by Johny Srouji

Apple has assembled an in-house modem engineering team led by its chipmaking chief Johny Srouji, according to Reuters.


From the report:
Apple Inc has moved its modem chip engineering effort into its in-house hardware technology group from its supply chain unit, two people familiar with the move told Reuters, a sign the tech company is looking to develop a key component of its iPhones after years of buying it from outside suppliers.
The report claims Srouji, senior vice president of hardware technologies at Apple, took over the company's modem design efforts in January.

The in-house shift provides further evidence that Apple may be planning to develop its own cellular modem for future iPhones, as previously reported. Apple currently sources iPhone modems from Intel after cutting its ties with Qualcomm amid a major legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm.

Apple is expected to release its first 5G-enabled ‌iPhone‌ in 2020, but it's unclear if it will have an in-house chip ready by that time. If not, a previous report said Intel will supply Apple with 5G chips, but the ‌iPhone‌ maker is said to be "unhappy" with Intel's progress and may have to look elsewhere.



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11 months ago

Now they can make a chip that slower than QC or even Intel, runs hot and uses more battery, but hey it doesn't include 5G or a FM receiver and is thinner yet.

Yeah, the A series chips designed by Apple aren’t the best chips in the industry or anything...
Rating: 38 Votes
11 months ago

Yeah, it took them 10 iterations until they got it right and fast enough.


Their first fully-designed chip, the A5, was problem-free and a year ahead of the competition in performance. That was their first iteration.
Rating: 22 Votes
11 months ago
The sooner Apple gets Intel Modems out of the iPhone, the better experience we iPhone Customers will have.
Rating: 21 Votes
11 months ago
Never had any issues with signal or call quality until Intel starting supplying modems to Apple. Apples desperate attempt to cry wolf caused the consumer to get a crappier product at a higher price.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 months ago

Yeah, it took them 10 iterations until they got it right and fast enough.

WTF are you talking about? Apple is a leader in this field since like iPhone 4.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 months ago

Now they can make a chip that slower than QC or even Intel, runs hot and uses more battery, but hey it doesn't include 5G or a FM receiver and is thinner yet.

Care to share some of that insiders knowledge a bit?
Sources please.
Rating: 17 Votes
11 months ago
He went from being in the running for Intel CEO to working to make Apple less reliant on Intel.
Rating: 16 Votes
11 months ago

I question that, Apple used to be known for great quality, recently it’s been the opposite.


Their chips have been fantastic though
Rating: 12 Votes
11 months ago

I've never had a problem with them in my iPhone 7, X & Xs.

Do you really think Apple will nail modems on their first attempt? Apple does everything on the cheap so don't expect their in-house modems to be revolutionary.

They seemed to have nailed their iPhone on first attempt; their in-house A processors on first attempt; their watch on first attempt; their....
As far as Apple doing everything on the cheap - you obviously have never looked at their R&D spending.
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Yeah, it took them 10 iterations until they got it right and fast enough.

What a load of nonsense.
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It does not matter if Apple creates an 'in-house modem engineering team' because Qualcomm hold the patents for a huge majority of modem technology. So where is Apple going to get their modem designs from to be able to produce a modem that rivals the quality of Qualcomm?. Intel have tried and failed.


AFAIK the "huge majority of modem technology" you're talking about is for 4G and below. Qualcomm's hold is much weaker on the 5G side. Maybe Apple can include its own 5G on-chip with the Ax processor and use Intel for for the older stuff. When 5G is ubiquitous, that chip could be chucked.
Rating: 11 Votes
11 months ago

The sooner Apple gets Intel Modems out of the iPhone, the better experience we iPhone Customers will have.

I question that, Apple used to be known for great quality, recently it’s been the opposite.
Rating: 10 Votes

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