The iPhone 14 could offer better battery life and a Wi-Fi 6E connection thanks to a 5G chip that is new according to supply chain sources. The Taiwanese Economic Daily News informs us that TSMC has received all Apple’s orders for 5G radio frequency (RF) chips for the iPhone 14 lineup, taking the place of Samsung. The chips, which are likely linked to the decision of Apple’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem, will be manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm method, which is what the manufacturer revealed last year. TSMC claimed that its 6nm process that is used to make 5G RF chips will create a smaller and more compact chip that consumes less power.
The RF processing process of 6nm allows the chip to consume less power for sub-6GHz as well as mmWave 5G bands and still deliver the highest quality of performance. In addition to being more efficient, reducing the transceiver’s RF component within the iPhone is anticipated to let more space. Each square millimeter space that is freed up is believed to provide more space for a bigger battery. Together, the higher efficiency and reduction in the size of the chip’s RF circuit are believed to lead to longer battery longevity.
The chip that RF transceivers are being reported to have Wi-Fi 6E compatibility which is in line with earlier reports that claimed iPhone 14 will support Wi-Fi 6E. iPhone 14 lineup will support the latest connectivity. Wi-Fi 6E has the capabilities and features of Wi-Fi 6 including better performance and lower latency and faster data speeds. expanded to the spectrum of the 6-GHz. The spectrum is larger and offers additional airspace over the 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi. This results in higher bandwidth and less interference.
In the year 2019, Apple and Qualcomm resolved a legal dispute and signed a multi-year chipset supply agreement that paved opening the door for Apple to utilize Qualcomm’s 5-G-compatible modems. An agreement between the two parties confirmed that Apple planned to make use of the Snapdragon X60 modem, manufactured by Samsung.
Snapdragon X60 modem, made by Samsung for the iPhone 13 lineup and then a Snapdragon X65 modem for 2022’s iPhone lineup. Beginning in the year 2023 Apple expects to change its Qualcomm chips and incorporate its own customized 5G modem within the iPhone.
The X65 is the only 10 Gigabit 5G modem and antenna system designed for smartphones. It can enable theoretical speeds of 10 gigabits or more per second. While actual speeds for downloads are likely to be slower than this, however, the X65 also has many other advantages, like higher power efficiency, better coverage of both mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands, and support for all of the global commercialized mmWave frequencies.
Apple’s shift away from Samsung towards TSMC to produce the RF chip for its 2022 iPhone lineup appears to be part of the finalization of iPhone 14’s manufacturing chain prior to the launch of mass production. At the same time, Foxconn has begun trial production of the iPhone 14 Pro.
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