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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared today that the progress on the Apple-designed Wi-Fi chip has been suspended for the time being, and the development will remain on hold "for a while." This means that the supplier Broadcom will keep providing Wi-Fi chips for the upcoming iPhone 15 models due to be released in 2023.
In January, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reported that Apple was producing a combined Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip to replace components from Broadcom and that the transition would begin in 2024. This chip will enable Apple to create a single component that combines the cellular modem, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth functions, meaning that Apple can manufacture more of the iPhone's critical components in-house.
However, due to the lack of resources, Apple has put the development of the Wi-Fi chip on hold. Kuo claims that while the company had originally planned to begin the transition to its own chips in 2024, it would be too risky now to do so. This is because standards are changing and Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 are being adopted, meaning that the company's own chips are not yet up to date. As such, Kuo believes that Apple will continue to use the Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 chips from Broadcom for its devices for the next few years.