If you were expecting an Apple-built modem in iPhones, you may have to wait awhile. The tech giant is extending an agreement to get modem semiconductors from Qualcomm for three more years, according to Bloomberg. 

The article says this is “a sign that its ambitious effort to design the chips in-house is taking longer than expected.” The new pact will cover “smartphone launches in 2024, 2025 and 2026,” Qualcomm said in a statement Monday. The companies’ agreement had been set to end this year, and the latest iPhone — due on Tuesday — was expected to be one of the last to rely on Qualcomm modems.

It was anticipated that Apple would use its own modem chip in iPhones starting in 2025. In March DigiTimes Asia reported that companies such as ASE Technology Holding (ASEH) and Amkor Technology competing for orders. The two companies have experience packaging Qualcomm’s modem chips, the article adds. 

Apple’s own modem has been rumored for some time. the tech giant acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business in July 2019 and added 2,200 Intel engineers to its chipset operations globally. 

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today