Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:54

Apple wants engineers to work on 6G wireless

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5G wireless is only just finally rolling out widely around the world, with networks nowhere near complete, but Apple is looking to the future, and wants engineers to work on developing 6G technology.

An article over at Bloomberg by Mark Gurman has all the details on Apple's move to get engineers cracking on helping set 6G standards, which you can read here.

The article quotes the ad that Apple posted to encourage qualified people to apply, which reads as follows: “You will have the unique and rewarding opportunity to craft next generation wireless technology that will have deep impact on future Apple products.

“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.”

Those hired will also “research and design next generation (6G) wireless communication systems for radio access networks” and “participate in industry/academic forums passionate about 6G technology.”

Clearly, 6G is the technology of the 2030s, and will feature even lower latency that 5G and orders of magnitude faster speeds, which will, in theory at least, make wired connections completely obsolete.

Apple is still working on creating its own 5G technology, having spent a billion dollars on buying a lot of Intel's 5G modem assets, and relies on Qualcomm technology for the iPhone 12, and presumably the iPhone 13 to come later this year.

Apple loves to own and control as much of the technologies it uses in its products and services as possible, and 5G is no exception. Clearly, neither is 6G, and given it is the future that the industry is now working towards, Apple will not be beholden to anyone.

No doubt Apple will set the minds of its engineers to look even farther into the future to imagine what a 7G technology might look like in 2040, should the ten years between network technologies hold true.

So, 2030 is still almost a decade away, and Apple is yet to launch its 5G modem, but given that the future of cyber security is vertical integration, being the combination of hardware, software and cloud-based services as Rich Mogull wrote about for Tidbits.com in his analysis of Apple's Platform Security user guide, 6G is a vitally important piece of that puzzle, and Apple will clearly be ready.

In the meantime, if you're qualified and interested in one of the positions on offer, Apple wants to hear from you!


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