Apple’s ongoing dispute with Qualcomm will have a big impact on the components used in this year’s upcoming iPhone models. Qualcomm, a major supplier of 4G chips for smartphones said it doesn’t expect to supply modems for any upcoming iPhones. Instead, Apple is expected to use Intel modems in the upcoming iPhones.
Upcoming iPhones Will Use Only Intel Modems
Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting over patents since the beginning of 2017. Qualcomm previously supplied all modems for iPhone, but now according to Qualcomm Chief Financial Officer George Davis; “Apple intends to solely use our competitor’s modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release,” as reported by CNET.
The Cupertino based company will use 4G chips from Intel in about half of its phones, particularly phones running on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Do note, Qualcomm didn’t say which company will supply modems for the next iPhone, but it’s believed to be Intel. This move gives Apple more advantage in its battle with Qualcomm, but it has been criticized for hurting consumers by limiting their network speeds.
What’s This Fuss About?
This was earlier predicted by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which said Apple would ditch Qualcomm as its long-time supplier of cellular modems as a result of its legal dispute with the chipmaker. Well, Qualcomm has long prided itself on providing faster components. The chipset maker, earlier this week has plugged speed tests for its Snapdragon 845, proving it is superiority than Intel.
What’s the sue, you might ask? Apple initially sued Qualcomm for allegedly overcharging to use its LTE modems, to which Qualcomm counter-sued, saying Apple owed its more money in royalties and Apple has infringed on some its patents and shared proprietary information with Intel. Furthermore, Qualcomm has also tried to get numerous iPhone models banned from sale int he US, which was no success.
Where Is This Going?
It is noteworthy that Apple is distancing itself from Intel component in other areas, like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mobile chips and MacBook processors, though there’s no indication that would necessarily harm Apple’s relationship with Intel regarding cellular modems.
With that said, Apple could also partner with MediaTek or might repair its relationship with Qualcomm if Apple want’s to be on the 5G boat, as Qualcomm expects to have its 5G modems shipping with devices, while Intel has said publicly that it won’t have 5G chips ready until 2019.