Reuters reports a slight but significant reorganization in Apple’s hardware engineering teams:
Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies, took over the company’s modem design efforts in January, the sources said. The organizational move has not been previously reported.
Connect the dots: Apple drops Qualcomm modem chips, wireless silicon team staffs up, and now that team reports to Johny Srouji, the head of hardware technologies—aka, the folks who develop Apple’s custom silicon.
The design process of this year’s iPhone is probably too far along for an Apple-built modem, but I would be pretty surprised if one didn’t appear in one of the company’s products by next year.