Apple’s plans to start using its own in-house WiFi chips have reportedly been halted, with the company set to put the whole thing on the back burner “for a while.”
That’s according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who says that Apple’s plans have now been halted, meaning that existing supplier Broadcom will continue to provide the WiFi chips that will be used in the upcoming iPhone 15 and likely well beyond.
The iPhone 15 lineup is expected to premiere in September of this year.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman previously said that Apple intended to use its own chip that would combine WiFi and Bluetooth, with the aim being to transition to those chips starting in 2024. If everything went according to plan it was expected that Apple would then ditch Broadcom entirely by 2025.
That now seems unlikely, as does Apple’s ultimate aim of putting the cellular modem, WiFi, and Bluetooth all into a single chip. Apple is thought to be struggling to design its own cellular modems as it is, something that Kuo had previously said wouldn’t happen as soon as was first hoped.
Apple has halted developing its own Wi-Fi chips; Broadcom is the biggest winner of the iPhone 15’s upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E and the leading beneficiary of the Wi-Fi industry-standard upgrade to Wi-Fi 6E/7 with higher ASP.https://t.co/XEZ0bVV8A8
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 26, 2023
It’s now also thought that Apple will add support for WiFi 6E to the iPhone 15 models later this year, with Broadcom set to be the main beneficiary of the move. That will also allow for interoperability with other WiFi 6E devices today and, if Apple continues to use Broadcom, WiFi 7 beyond that.
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