Apple Hiring Engineers to Develop 6G Wireless
Apple Inc. launched its first iPhones with 5G wireless speeds a few months ago. Now Apple is looking to start work on its wireless sixth-generation cellular connectivity, or 6G. Indicating it wants to be a leader in technology rather than relying on other companies.
The Cupertino, California-based company this week posted job ads seeking wireless system research engineers for current and next-generation networks. The listings are for positions at Apple’s offices in Silicon Valley and San Diego. Where the company works on wireless technology development and chip design.
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.”
Industry watchers don’t expect 6G to roll out until about 2030. Job listings however indicate that Apple wants to be involved. From the earliest stages in the development of the new technology. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.
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 center 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.” They will also “participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G technology.”
Late last year, Apple joined an alliance of companies working on standards for 6G and other next-generation cellular technologies. The standards and timing for 6G are still loosely defined. But some analysts say the technology could enable speeds more than 100 times faster than 5G.
The job listings are another signal of Apple’s push into developing more technology in-house. The company has designed main processors for the iPhone and iPad and last year expanded that effort to the Mac. It has also ramped up work on its own custom screens and camera technologies. This is in addition to wireless chips for AirPods, Apple Watch, and precise location data.
Apple last year started developing its first custom modem, the chip that allows phones to connect to wireless networks. According to chip head, long-term strategic investments like these are a critical part of enabling our products. They are also helpful in making sure there is a rich pipeline of innovative technologies for our future.
Though Apple is laying the groundwork to be a key player in 6G, it has much work ahead to take full advantage of 5G. A technology in its infancy. The company hasn’t expanded 5G to other devices like the Apple Watch and iPad. It also sells multiple iPhones that use older 4G technology. It’s likely that Apple’s first modem will be for 5G connectivity.