Apple is reportedly getting more serious about developing its own modems for the iPhone.
After Apple's relationship with former modem supplier Qualcomm fell apart, Apple began exclusively using Intel's cellular modems starting with the 2018 iPhone lineup.
However, evidence has been mounting that Apple wants to develop cellular modems for the iPhone itself, starting with a December report in The Information on a modem project within Apple.
Now, according to a Reuters report, Apple has taken the additional step of shifting modem engineering from its supply chain unit—focused on component integration from external suppliers—into its own hardware division.
Apple has moved modem engineering under the direction of its senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, Reuters reported. Apple has also posted two open modem engineering positions, according to the report. Still, an effort by Apple to develop its own cellular modems "could take years," Reuters reported.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As Apple's website says, Srouji is focused on Apple's development of hardware components including custom chips. "Johny has built one of the world’s strongest and most innovative teams of silicon and technology engineers, overseeing breakthrough custom silicon and hardware technologies," Apple's website says.
Srouji has been with Apple since 2008, when he joined to head up development of Apple's first in-house processor, the A4, his biography on Apple.com reads.