According to Digitimes, Apple has set up a R&D team dedicated to the development of new baseband chips for the next iPhones.
These new chips will allegedly be produced by Samsung and Globalfoundries.
The baseband chip handles wireless connectivity that processes data communication such as LTE.
The report notes that although another rumor claims that Apple wants to build the application processor and the baseband processor into a single SoC, “it is more likely that Apple will continue to use discrete baseband chips.”
Apple currently buys these chips from Qualcomm, which makes them at TSMC, and this could be seen as a way for Apple to move away from the company.