Apple rumored to announce new iPhone SE with custom-designed 5G modem in 2025
Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPhone SE featuring a custom-designed 5G modem, which is expected to be announced in 2025, according to Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that the new modem will be manufactured by TSMC.
Respected TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed earlier in the year that Apple had restarted development of a new next-generation iPhone SE after work had been paused in 2022, saying at the time that the device would feature Apple’s first in-house 5G baseband chip, plus a new 6.1-inch OLED display.
Jeff Pu’s new insight claims that Apple will rely on chipmaking partner TSMC for the production of its first custom-designed 5G modem, cutting the reliance on third-parties for its internal cellular technology.
The report follows after Apple acquired Intel’s smartphone modem business in 2019, with around 2,200 Intel employees joining the team at Apple along with Intel’s intellectual property, 4G and 5G patent portfolio, equipment, and leases, ahead of the first 5G iPhone in 2020.