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Apple will exclusively use Intel modems in 2018 iPhones, according to Qualcomm



Apple's ongoing dispute with Qualcomm appears to have a major impact on the components used in this year's upcoming iPhone models, according to Qualcomm's CFO George Davis. On an earnings call this afternoon, Davis said: "Apple intends to use only the competitor's modems instead of our modems in the next iPhone release," as reported by CNET . Davis did not mention Intel by name, but Intel is the only other provider of the one who is competent for Apple's smartphone.

It claims that a report earlier this month from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said that Apple would trench Qualcomm as its long-term mobile modem provider due to its legal dispute with the chip maker. With the deployment of 4G, Apple began using both Qualcomm and Intel modems, but Qualcomm has long prided itself on providing faster components. The company this week spies the speed test for its Snapdragon 845 chip which prove its products are superior to Intel's, possibly in an attempt to preempt negative reaction to Davis's revelation today. Apple and Qualcomm have broken in a big way

Apple and Qualcomm are currently engaged in a bitter patent infringement and dispute about Apple's use of Qualcomm technology and how much the chip maker paid Apple for the use of its components and patents. Apple initially sued Qualcomm in early 201

7 for allegeledy overcharging to use its LTE modems, which is essential for helping smartphones to connect to the internet.

Qualcomm then contradicted, saying Apple owed more money in royalties, and also that the iPhone maker violated some patents and shared proprietary information with Intel. Qualcomm has also tried to get many iPhone models banned from sales in the United States, no luck.

The two have since adopted resolutions against each other, as formal business relations between them all have worsened completely. Complicated situation is that Qualcomm expects to get its 5G modems shipped with devices later this year, possibly starting first with mobile hotspots and moving on to smartphones while Intel has announced publicly that it does not want 5G chips ready for 2019. [19659007] Apple is also said to be distancing from Intel components in other ares, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi mobile and MacBook processors, although there is no indication that Apple would be harmful to Intel-cellular relations modems. That said, Apple may still use another partner like MediaTek, or there is little chance that it can repair its relationship with Qualcomm if Apple feels it's missing the 5G boat, even though it seems more unlikely at this stage.


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