Apple could drop Qualcomm chips from iPhone from 2018

Apple continues to pay Qualcomm if it drops its modem

Apple continues to pay Qualcomm if it drops its modem

Bloomberg reports that Qualcomm has filed a new lawsuit against Apple accusing it of helping Intel using Qualcomm code.

These are but new chapters in a long series of unfortunate events. Apple and Qualcomm have been in a messy legal dispute since the start of the year.

Apple responded to this, saying that the company had tried to negotiate before suing and that Qualcomm is abusing its position. Qualcomm has tried to ban the sale of select iPhones in the United States, and has also begun an attempt to get iPhone sales banned in China. Qualcomm reckons that Apple used this access to help Intel in its quest to compete in the LTE modem market. Qualcomm is now the largest manufacturer of chips for mobile devices by far, but that could change in favor of companies like Intel and MediaTek if Apple decides to walk away for good.

Rasesh Shah claimed that Qualcomm lied to shareholders when it told them that, "unlike some other companies in the industry that hold back certain key technologies", Qualcomm offers its "entire patent portfolio for use in cellular subscriber devices and cell infrastructure equipment". The sources who leaked the plan said that next year's iPhone and iPad models could already be built with components from other manufacturers, namely Intel or Taiwan-based MediaTek Inc.

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Are you planning to line up for an iPhone X tomorrow? Still, these results are a reflection of the toll that the legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is taking.

With all of that uncertainty on the table, it's probable we'll have to wait another generation before we finally see a Qualcomm-free iPhone (if, of course, we ever do).

Bloomberg reports that the loss of Apple's business could cut Qualcomm's revenue by 7.5 percent.

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