The sources of the report are two anonymous people familiar with Apple's inner workings.
According to the sources, Apple has been relocating engineers who are currently working on the modern technology in the supply chain to the internal hardware technology division. While it's not the biggest of changes, it means Apple is proactive in creating its own modems.
In addition, Johny Srouji, Apple's senior vice president of hardware technology, took over the company's fashion design efforts in January. It was not previously reported.
The modem is one of the most important parts of the inner operation of a smart phone, as it establishes connections to wireless network towers. For years, Apple has been using Qualcomm modems in the iPhone but then moved to using Intel modems when Apple's relationship with Qualcomm began to sour.
Apple has already created its own processor chipset for the iPhone and iPad, so creating its own modems makes perfect sense.
But that would be bad news for Intel. Rumor has it that when Apple moved to using Intel models, it was dissatisfied with the company's output. There are even allegations that Apple stole Qualcomm's technology secrets to help Intel be closer to a true competitor.
If Apple is serious about making its own modems, it does mean that Intel still doesn't measure up. It will also mean a huge financial loss for the company if Apple ceases to buy its chips.
Apple is likely to invest millions in the research and development of these modems. But the previous cost is likely to pay off in the long run, as home modem development will ultimately save the money from the company. It will also save space in the iPhone, as Apple will probably combine the modem with its own chipset, which is how most Android devices work.
Apple's latest mobile slideshow – the A12 Bionic – was the first in the market with 7nm technology and handy most other mobile chipsets store in multiple tests. If Apple can reach such heights with modems, it can give the iPhone a great advantage over many Android devices.