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Qualcomm’s 5G Modems roadmap for Apple’s 5G revealed, Including X60 in 2021

Qualcomm's 5G Modems roadmap for Apple's 5G

Apple and Qualcomm together announced the use of Qualcomm’s 5G modems for its iPhone 12 lineup and the upcoming devices. The X60 modem is said to build on a 5nm process which features a higher power efficiency into a smaller footprint compared to the X55.

Smartphones equipped with the X60 will also be able to aggregate data from both mmWave and sub-6GHz bands simultaneously to achieve an optimal combination of high-speed and low-latency network coverage.

According to the teardown video, Apple is using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem in iPhone 12 models, and beyond that, we have now uncovered Apple’s roadmap for Qualcomm modems in future products.

As alerted to us by Danny Walsh on Twitter, page 71 of an Apple-Qualcomm settlement filing reveals that Apple intends to launch new products with the Snapdragon X60 modem between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022. Apple has also committed to using as-yet-unannounced X65 and X70 modems in products launched between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024.

From the settlement document:

Apple intends to commercially launch (i) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 (the “2020 Launch”), some of which use the SDX55 Qualcomm Chipset, (ii) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 (the “2021 Launch”), some of which use the SDX60 Qualcomm Chipset, and (iii) New Models of Apple Products during the time period between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2024 (the “2022/23 Launch”), some of which use the SDX65 or SDX70 Qualcomm Chipsets (each a “Launch” and collectively the “Launches”).

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