According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is no longer planning to use the Qualcomm LTE chips for its 2018 flagship devices. Although, it seems that Qualcomm processors have done a pretty good job so far, yet Apple is thinking along the lines of using only the modem chips from Intel. The other option that Apple is considering is MediaTek for the processors in their next generation devices.
There is a software that Apple needs in order to test Qualcomm LTE chips for its iPad and iPhone prototypes and it seems that Qualcomm is purposely withholding that software.
It seems that the Qualcomm stopped sharing their software with Apple during the month of January. Reason being that Apple filed a lawsuit against the company, hindering Apple’s development efforts. But according to Qualcomm, Apple has already tested the chips that will be suitable for their next-generation iPhone.
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Qualcomm company claims that the modem that Apple will be using in the Next Generation iPhone is already fully tested, and it has been released to Apple. So, the company does not have any reason for saying the above things. Qualcomm also added that they are committed to supporting Apple’s new devices. Apple has been using Qualcomm LTE chips for quite long now, but the problem begins after Apple went for diversifying last year. In iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, you will find both the Qualcomm LTE chips along with Intel modem chips. In US, Apple’s T-Mobile, and AT&T models use Intel chips, whereas Sprint and Verizon use Qualcomm chips.
The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple plans to stop using Qualcomm chips altogether in 2018 flagship devices. Apple has the option of switching them as late as June, three months before they introduce their devices in the market.
The problem started when Apple suited Qualcomm for 1 billion dollars accusing Qualcomm of charging unfair royalties for technology that Apple has nothing to do with. Also, because they failed to pay for quarterly rebates. Apple no longer pays the licensing fees to Qualcomm. Although Apple maintains that Qualcomm has been charging excessively for the licensing fees by requesting a certain percentage of the iPhone’s entire value, but Qualcomm says their technology is in the heart every iPhone.
CounterSuit of Qualcomm
Qualcomm has counter sued Apple and they have requested the United States International Trade Commission to block imports of some iPad and iPhone modes. They have also put in a request that Chine should no longer manufacture and sell iPhones.
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