Apple’s authorized battle with Qualcomm is seemingly getting crazier with every passing week. With billions of in royalties on the road, Apple is reportedly concerned about dropping Qualcomm as a provide associate altogether. Meanwhile, Qualcomm has not solely accused Apple of sharing its proprietary code with Intel, however has additionally introduced motions in entrance of the ITC as a part of an effort to forestall Apple from importing iPhones into the United States. More just lately, a choose slapped Apple with a high-quality for withholding paperwork it was required at hand over to Qualcomm.
While it’s potential that the 2 tech giants will in the end attain a settlement of some kind — although each corporations have proven no inclination to even budge an inch to date — a extra attention-grabbing query is how the lawsuit would possibly affect how Apple sources parts for future iPhone fashions. Indeed, there have been rumblings that Apple is exploring the potential of designing iOS units that incorporate Intel chips versus these from Qualcomm.
Bolstering this rumor is a brand new report through Digitimes which relays that Apple could faucet MediaTek as a modem provider for upcoming iPhone fashions. With Apple hoping to make use of Intel to meet 50% of its modem orders, the Cupertino-based firm can also be hoping MediaTek will have the ability to step as much as the plate.
The sources stated the Apple’s switching 50% of its orders for iPhone modem chipsets to Intel from Qualcomm is a part of its self-protection efforts made after submitting a lawsuit in January 2017 in opposition to Qualcomm’s allegedly unfair patent royalty calculation formulation involving modem chipsets utilized in iPhone units.
As the authorized battle rages on, Apple is reportedly actively searching for new chip suppliers to soak up extra of the remaining orders. And MediaTek, with its expertise, capability and pricing benefits, is a candidate to turning into a provider modem chips for Apple in 2018, the sources continued.
As a fast refresher, Apple’s go well with with Qualcomm first acquired off the bottom earlier this yr, with Apple sustaining that Qualcomm is making an attempt to take pleasure in royalty funds it doesn’t deserve.
Addressing the matter throughout an earnings convention name this yr, Apple CEO Tim Cook defined:
The cause that we’re pursuing that is that Qualcomm’s making an attempt to cost Apple a share of the overall iPhone worth. And they do some actually nice work round standards-essential patents, but it surely’s one small a part of…