Qualcomm, Apple, and different suppliers are in courtroom this week as Qualcomm faces off with the FTC over an antitrust lawsuit accusing the corporate of utilizing anticompetitive ways to stay the principle provider for baseband processor for smartphones.
A number of Apple witnesses are testifying in the course of the trial, which has led to the leak of some fascinating, beforehand unknown info.
Apple provide chain govt Tony Blevins in the present day mentioned (by way of Reuters) that Apple thought-about buying 5G LTE modems from firms that embody Samsung, MediaTek, and Intel to be used in its 2019 iPhone lineup.
Qualcomm was Apple’s sole provider for iPhone modems from the interval between 2011 and 2016, with that exclusivity ending in 2016 with the launch of the iPhone 7.
With the iPhone 7, Apple cut up modem orders between Qualcomm and Intel after which later phased Qualcomm out all collectively. Apple’s most up-to-date iPhones use modems completely from Intel, however in the present day’s testimony suggests Apple is engaged on diversifying its modem provide.
In accordance with Blevins, in the course of the interval when Apple used solely Qualcomm chips, Apple had needed to make use of chips from different suppliers as effectively however signed an exclusivity settlement with Qualcomm as a result of Qualcomm provided deep rebates on patent licenses to discourage Apple from diversifying.
In 2013, for instance, Apple ended a plan to have Intel provide modems for the iPad mini 2 as a result of Apple would lose Qualcomm rebates through the use of Intel’s chips. This, mentioned Blevins, made Intel’s merchandise “economically unattractive.”
After Apple lastly swapped over to a number of modem suppliers in 2016 and 2017, its authorized woes with Qualcomm affected the connection between the 2 firms “in a really profound and damaging method,” which led to Apple utilizing Intel chips completely.
Apple by no means needed Intel as a sole provider, nonetheless, and has at all times needed to work with a number of firms.
“All the idea of Challenge Vintage was to discover a second provider. No offense to [Intel] however we do not need to be single provider with them. We needed each Qualcomm and [Intel] within the combine,” Blevins mentioned.
Whereas Blevins talked about 5G modem suppliers, he didn’t conclusively say whether or not or not Apple had selected a 5G modem provider nor whether or not a 5G modem is deliberate for the 2019 iPhone lineup.
Rumors have urged that Apple doesn’t plan to introduce support for 5G in its iPhone lineup in 2019, with the corporate planning to carry off on 5G know-how till a minimum of 2020.
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