What a lot of companies do is that they source components and tech from other companies to use in their products. For example a lot of camera companies actually rely on Sony’s sensors for their products, and on the mobile front, save for a handful of companies, many rely on Qualcomm to supply the chipsets for their phones.
Apple has so far attempted to be as self-reliant as possible, such as using their own chipsets and going as far as making their own GPUs which debuted in the new iPad Pros, and now according to a report from Bloomberg, Apple’s next move could be making their own cellular modems for use in future iPhones.
This is evidenced in job listings by Apple in which they seem to be on a hiring spree for both hardware and software engineers for a number of wireless components, and are seeking people with experience in both LTE and Bluetooth which seems to point towards Apple making their own modem. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time that we’ve heard of such a possibility.
Of course when such a modem will be ready for primetime is unclear, but last we heard, Apple could potentially continue to source from Intel for 5G modems which are expected to only arrive in 2020.