Apple iPhone 15 RF Front-End: A Familiar Face
The anticipation for Apple's iPhone 15, set to be unveiled with great fanfare on September 12th, 2023, has reached a fever pitch. Apple's product launches are always a cause for excitement, but this time, there might be a sense of déjà vu when it comes to the RF (Radio Frequency) Front-End technology. In fact, don't expect any groundbreaking RF innovations in the iPhone 15, except for a possible upgrade in the Antenna-in-Package module.
Here's a quick look at what to expect:
Processor and Modem: The iPhone 15 will continue using Apple's A16 and A17 SoCs (System on Chip) with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X70 modem. While capable, it won't feature Qualcomm's latest AI improvements due to timing constraints.
Long-Term Qualcomm Partnership: Apple's agreement with Qualcomm ensures modems through 2028, reaffirming the two-chip solution, with a focus on the 3 nm A17 Bionics this year.
RF Front-End: The RF technology for iPhone 15 is largely expected to follow previous models. The side-firing Apple Antenna-in-Package will likely continue to be supplied by Murata or USI. The collaboration agreement with Broadcom is unlikely to bring more of their Front-End Modules in this year’s RFIC line-up.
Satellite Messaging: Apple's investment in Globalstar suggests continued development of the emergency satellite messaging system introduced with the iPhone 14.
While iPhone 15's RF tech may not break new ground, Apple's strategic moves hint at exciting developments on the horizon.
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