Apple is recruiting engineers to work on next-generation 6G wireless technology, based on job listings seen by Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.
The listings are for vacancies at Apple’s offices in Silicon Valley and San Diego, where the company works on wireless technology development and chip design, according to Gurman’s report.
The ad read as follows-
“You will have the unique and rewarding opportunity to craft next-generation wireless technology that will have a deep impact on future Apple products,” according to the job announcement. “In this role, you will be at the centre of a cutting-edge research group responsible for creating next-generation disruptive radio access technologies over the next decade.”
People hired for the positions will “research and design next generation (6G) wireless communication systems for radio access networks” and “participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G technology.”
Apple embraced 5G connectivity for its iPhones last year only and 6G isn’t expected to launch before 2030. However, the job listings specify that Apple is keen to be involved at the initial stages in the development of the new technology.
Late last year, Apple collaborated with the Next G Alliance, an industry group founded by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) that aims to develop North American mobile technology leadership in 6G and beyond over the next decade, while building on the long-term evolution of 5G.
The Next G Alliance organized its first meeting for members in November to set the initiative’s overarching direction and strategy. The other members of the group comprise of Charter, Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Keysight Technologies, LG, Mavenir, MITRE, and VMware.
In September, AT&T announced that it has engineers working already on next-generation 6G networking.
Few analysts claim that the technology could enable speeds above 100 times faster than 5G, however, the technology isn’t expected to arrive for many years to come.
The move continues a trend of Apple choosing to create in-house hardware for its devices, instead of depending on third-parties. In 2019, Apple and Qualcomm patched up after a legal battle and reached a multiyear chipset supply agreement that made way for Apple to employ Qualcomm’s 5G modems in iPhone 12 models.
Beyond that, a court document from the settlement disclosed that Apple will possibly employ the Snapdragon X60 modem for 2021 iPhones, followed by the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem, the Snapdragon X65, in 2022 iPhones.
The Snapdragon X65 could be the last Qualcomm modem applied in iPhones, but, as Barclays analysts and multiple other sources have predicted that Apple will switch to its own in-house 5G modem for iPhones by 2023.