Apple Claims Qualcomm Refused to Sell Its Chips for the Newest iPhones

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple with 55 Comments

Welcome to the latest edition of the Qualcomm vs Apple saga.

Ever since Qualcomm was sued by Apple over excessive licencing fees and accused of being a monopoly, the company essentially went on a big war with Apple. The company first took down Apple’s older iPhone devices in Germany, and it’s even tried to get the company’s newest iPhones banned in China, a market where Apple’s new iPhones are already struggling.

And now, we have some new tidbits on the Apple vs Qualcomm fight. Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Williams, testified in court on Monday, revealing some interesting details. Williams claimed that Apple originally wanted to use Qualcomm’s 4G LTE chips on its new iPhones, and Qualcomm refused to supply the chips, forcing Apple to use Intel’s slower 4G LTE chips instead.

The company previously used both Intel’s and Qualcomm’s 4G LTE chips on some older iPhone devices like the iPhone 7, though it mostly relied on Qualcomm for older devices. That deal obviously went down as soon as Apple started complaining about Qualcomm’s unfair licensing fees. “We were working toward doing that with Qualcomm, but in the end they would not support us or sell us chips,” Williams said.

Williams also revealed that Apple pays $7.50 per iPhone for Qualcomm’s tech, which is apparently too high, according to CNET.

Apple’s war against Qualcomm could lead to the company’s iPhones falling behind in the smartphone market. Apple’s main competitors like Samsung and other Android manufacturers are believed to be releasing phones with Qualcomm’s 5G modems later this year. And if Qualcomm continues to refuse to work with Apple, the company would have no other option than to use Intel’s 5G chips, which doesn’t come out till 2020.

At the end of the day, that may not matter too much for Apple. The company’s phones have never really been cutting-edge and that hasn’t affected the popularity of Apple’s iPhone brand.

As for Qualcomm, things are going to be challenging. The company is currently in trial, and its monopolistic practices aren’t really looking too good for the lawsuit. Only time will tell how this proceeds. Remember, Apple is suing Qualcomm for a whopping $1 billion, so there’s a lot at stake here.

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