Qualcomm and Apple – perhaps the closest technology sector has to the company's "frenemies" – is "on the doorstep" to solve its ongoing problems, told Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf CNBC Wednesday.
Mollenkopf attributed back and forth to "activities that are in accordance with" what he called "fourth quarter of the game, and not the first quarter. "
" We've always talked about – I've been very consistent – that … the second half of this year and into next year is when we're really on the doorstep to find a decision ion and we do not see anything Other than that, says CEO.
Qualcomm, a semiconductor and telecommunications equipment supplier, once worked closely with Apple, collaborates with the iPhone manufacturer on the technology found in its products.
But even though the relationships were cooled in the lawsuit, Mollenkopf had a positive view of the future of the technology giants, especially with the mobile industry due to 5G adoption.
"I think there's always an opportunity and a risk when you have these big G transitions, or the generations of wireless changes," he told Cramer. "It's the opportunity to be left behind or to make sure you're part of the new generation. Of course, we're working with everyone. We'd love to work with Apple."
Mollenkopf threw 5G, as he predicts will roll out from spring 2019, as Qualcomm's central focus and speculated his "huge benefits" to the mobile industry and the wider internet of things.
"We believe that the people who move quickly to these new generations tend to win if you look at the story of what happened to Motorola's and Blackberrys," he said in a blurred nod to Apple's previous year with success. "People who made, embrace the new technology do the best. Of course, we try to give it to everyone, and there's an opportunity there with every [original equipment manufacturer]."
Da Cramer joked that he wanted an Apple iPhone equipped with 5G "with Qualcomm in it," Mollenkopf's response was concise: "We do too."