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Apple Could Switch From Qualcomm to Intel and MediaTek for Modems

Accepted submission by takyon at 2017-10-31 06:02:34
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Apple is considering completely switching away from Qualcomm components [reuters.com], such as modems, in future iterations of the iPhone. Intel modems have already been used in some iPhones, and MediaTek is also under consideration [techcrunch.com]:

Apple Inc has designed iPhones and iPads that would drop chips supplied by Qualcomm Inc, according to two people familiar with the matter. The change would affect iPhones released in the fall of 2018, but Apple could still change course before then, these people said. They declined to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

The dispute stems from a change in supply arrangements under which Qualcomm has stopped providing some software for Apple to test its chips in its iPhone designs, one of the people told Reuters.

The two companies are locked in a multinational legal dispute over the Qualcomm's licensing terms to Apple.

Qualcomm told Reuters it is providing fully tested chips to Apple for iPhones. "We are committed to supporting Apple's new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry," Qualcomm said in a statement.

Apple and other companies are suing Qualcomm [soylentnews.org] over licensing fees. Apple has had similar [cultofmac.com] hardware-level [theverge.com] disputes [9to5mac.com] with Samsung in the past. Apple designs its own ARM chips but has to have them manufactured by Samsung or TSMC.

Also at Bloomberg [bloomberg.com] and 9to5Mac [9to5mac.com].


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