Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:06 GMT
A teardown video published on the Internet earlier on Wednesday showed that Apple iPhone 12 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 (Snapdragon X55) 5G modem chip. In addition, Apple’s future product roadmap shows that Apple will also use Qualcomm chips in more new products.
In April 2019, Apple and Qualcomm reached an agreement to settle the long-running global legal proceedings between the two companies, paving the way for the use of Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips for the Apple iPhone 12 series and subsequent products .
Apple’s iPhone 11 series products use Intel chips, but because Intel cannot manufacture 5G modem chips, Apple switched to Qualcomm’s technology.
Page 71 of the Apple and Qualcomm settlement agreement shows that Apple plans to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X60 modem chip in its new products launched from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. Apple also promised to use Qualcomm’s unannounced X65 and X70 modem chips in new products launched between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024.
The settlement agreement between the two companies at the time stated that “Apple plans to (1) some of the new products launched between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 will use the Qualcomm SDX55 chipset; (2) in 2021 Among the new products launched from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022, some of them will use the Qualcomm SDX60 chipset; (3) New products launched from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2024 Some of them will use Qualcomm’s SDX65 or SDX70 chipset.”
The X60 modem chip based on 5nm process technology will have better performance than X55. Smartphones equipped with X60 chips can be used in millimeter wave and sub-6GHz networks at the same time, which is the best combination to achieve high-speed and low-latency network coverage.
When Qualcomm launched the X60 modem chip in February 2020, it said that 5G smartphones using this chip will begin to be launched in 2021. This also confirms the information disclosed in Apple’s product roadmap that Apple’s new iPhone products launched next year should use Qualcomm’s X60 modem chip.