Apple is working to reduce reliance on third-party suppliers through in-house component manufacturing. As it has done with its A-series mobile chipsets and M-series SoCs, Cupertino is rumored to be bringing in-house production of wireless chips, 5G modems and even displays for its iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo‘s latest semiconductor survey says Apple will Developed backwards and will continue to rely on Broadcom as its primary supplier. Apple devotes most of its IC design resources to chipset development. Kuo also mentioned that Apple is still prioritizing its 5G modem development over its Wi-Fi chip project.
Apple may move to Wi-Fi 6E 15 models in its upcoming iPhones and the rest of its portfolio. Kuo confirmed that Apple’s Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combo chip is still in development. Mark Gurman also confirmed that Apple is still developing a Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combo chip.