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Apple Reportedly Designing Devices That Will Allow It to Get Rid of Qualcomm Chips

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Oct 31, 2017
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Apple is currently locked in an endless legal fight against Qualcomm, with a new report coming forth detailing that the tech giant is mulling over designing new iPhones and iPads that would not require the SoC maker’s components.

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According to people familiar with the matter, Qualcomm has withheld software that is extremely critical for testing out its LTE chips for iPhones and iPads ever since the legal fight between it and Apple took place. Qualcomm has worked with Apple for a decade now but stopped sharing software after Apple had filed a federal lawsuit in January accusing Qualcomm of using its market dominance unfairly to keep competitors at bay and charge higher royalties.

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Qualcomm is the biggest supplier of connectivity modem chips and it has also been reported by the Wall Street Journal that the chipmaker’s modems could be used in the next-generation iPhone and iPad family since they have already been tested and are ready to be fitted.

With the announcement of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple brought Intel into the fold possibly to command better pricing from Qualcomm, but it appears that from next year, iPhones could feature different hardware than its predecessors.

Unfortunately, some analysts are under the impression that ditching Qualcomm would have very negative results for Apple because chips from Intel and MediaTek lag in performance. For example, Qualcomm has shipped chips in devices that can reach a download speed of 1Gbps, but Intel and MediaTek have yet to showcase anything this fast.

Also, phones featuring 5G connectivity chips will start to appear starting from 2019, and according to people familiar with the matter, Qualcomm is ahead than most of its peers.

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While MediaTek has not been confirmed to be a part of Apple’s modem supply chain, it is a possibility that the Taiwanese manufacturer will be introduced if Qualcomm and Apple are not able to resolve their differences in time.

Source: WSJ

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