Apple is reportedly ramping up its efforts to design its own radio chip, which would free it from the need to buy these from either Qualcomm or Intel.

The latest report builds on two earlier ones, and suggests that the project now has a much higher profile within the company …

It was first suggested in November that Apple was working in an in-house design for radio chips after the company was found to be hiring chip designers in Qualcomm’s home base of San Diego. The job listings sought ‘experience in mainstream wireless protocols like LTE and Bluetooth [and] 5G.’

A subsequent report cited a more specific job listing – for a ‘cellular modem systems architect’ – with a source within the company confirming that the radio chip project is an active one.

Today, Reuters is reporting that Apple’s chip chief Johny Srouji is now heading the project, with the radio chip team integrated into the wider hardware division.

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