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Apple Reportedly Facing Delays with 5G Modem Development

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Release Date Pushed Back

Apple is facing setbacks with its 5G modem development, causing the company to delay its release. According to Bloomberg, Apple's modem is now expected to be released by the end of 2025 or early 2026, instead of the previously planned spring of 2025.

Thousands of Employees Working on the Project

Apple has dedicated thousands of employees to the 5G modem project since 2018. Despite this, the company is still years away from solving the main issue of seamlessly linking up with carriers around the world, a challenge Qualcomm has already tackled.

Original Plan and Qualcomm Partnership

Originally, Apple planned to introduce its first 5G modem with the iPhone SE 4 in 2024, but Qualcomm's partnership announcement with Apple led to a change in plans. Qualcomm will provide Apple with 5G modems until at least 2026.

All-in-One Chip and Struggles

Apple's ultimate goal is to create an all-in-one chip that handles cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections. However, the company is facing difficulties in achieving this. Despite the challenges, it is crucial for Apple to invest and delay the project until it is fully ready to avoid another fiasco like the Maps app launch.

Past Failure with Maps

Apple's previous failure with the launch of its Maps app in 2012 serves as a cautionary tale. The inaccurate and lacking details of the app led to negative feedback and the departure of a key executive. Apple took years to catch up with Google Maps, but has made improvements in certain locations.

Potential Issues with 5G Modem

If Apple does not proceed with caution in developing its 5G modem, there could be potential issues such as overheating, battery drain, incompatibility with carriers, and poor signal quality. Apple cannot afford another flagship device failure, as hardware issues can only be fixed with a new version, not a software update.

BGR will continue to report on Apple's progress with its 5G modem development.