Future Apple iPhones to use Qualcomm modem chips as settlement is reached

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their legal battles. Apple will make a payment to Qualcomm and both parties have entered into a six-year licensing agreement that will allow Apple to use Qualcomm's modem chips again.
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97 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 792; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That was quick.

2. Xavier1415

Posts: 144; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

That's what she said

17. scarface21173

Posts: 631; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Darkkjedi will be happy

30. Venom

Posts: 3014; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yes, maybe he will change his tune for once.

38. maherk

Posts: 6683; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So Venom, you're allowed to voice your displeasure about your experience with Apple, Huawei, and whatever phone you have used before, but the man can't complain about a serious issue that has been plugging the iPhone for a while now? If we had a nickel for every time you complained about your experiences with iPhones, Samsung, and Huawei, we would be millionaires by now.

41. lyndon420

Posts: 6450; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Everyone loves a shout-out lol. You've probably got him smiling now...but then again he's getting what he wanted anyway - apple going back to QC which is the way it should have stayed.

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2156; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Wow Qualcomm ate their own vomit.. Amazing....... Good news for iphone users though.

25. Fred3

Posts: 341; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I think you read it wrong

35. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apple won again... Long live Apple

42. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple won in terms of: -Qualcomm is now an option, now viable for 5G in 2020 -Won't be embarrassed by losing another court case -They can poach anyone from Intel now dead 5G smartphone modem divison Apple lost in terms of: -Huge undisclosed settlement payment to Qualcomm -Intel killing their 5G smartphone modems mean only options are Qualcomm and Samsung until they get their own modems up to scratch Qualcomm won in terms of: -Huge undisclosed settlement payment from Apple -Apple revenue going forward -Intel killing their 5G smartphone modems -They can poach anyone from Intel now dead 5G smartphone modem divison Qualcomm lost in terms of: -No court case win over Apple

46. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Exactly! This is a primarily a win for Qualcomm. They get the payment that was long over due, they essentially get an admittance of wrongdoing by Apple, they secured a long-term multi-billion dollar contract for that's airtight and Apple can't weasel out of and eliminated Intel as a 5G modem competitor. Apple was never going to win this case to begin with and they needed Qualcomm for future modems as Intel simply didn't measure up and no other modems seemed likely to be secured for 2020. It may not be a win for Qualcomm, but it's definitely no tie.

47. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It's like 0 loss for Apple from what you said. They have money, they can just throw it away for Qualcomm like tini tiny company

48. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Except for the part where they pretty much got on their knees, opened wide, took a big load from Qualcomm and then asked for seconds. If they had made a permanent enemy out of Qualcomm it would've been no 5G for iPhones in 2020. Samsung couldn't supply any, Mediatek is way behind in quality and performance and Huawei was a no-go because Apple would've been shunned and berated by the US government for using their modems due to "national security issues".

66. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple could have just bought Intel modem division and secured production lines for 5G modems (1 year would have been sufficient to perfect the deal), so nobody "got on its knees".

71. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1158; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Extremely wishful thinking on your part. Intel wasn't even sure if they could manage 2020 readiness for 5G modems and suddenly Apple's acquisition would magically make it so? Qualcomm has been working on it for about 4 years, much like Huawei and Samsung.

78. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Qualcomm is 5th in 5G charts, with less than 10% contribution to SEP, the same goes for 4G (the only power Qualcomm has is over 2G CDMA - Verizon is going to close its 2G and Sprint doesn't really matter); I think Qualcomm needs Apple more than you realize (did you see the market valuations after the announcement?) and also Apple got a great deal, having access to Qualcomm's chip production lines and time.

82. oldskool50

Posts: 503; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

What? Any time you guys claim any OEM needs Apple is clearly nothing more than a troll at best. Apple does not make ANY hardware whatsoever. Unless you grow your own food in your own yard, you need to go buy it at a grocery store. So thus YOU need them, they don't need you. Qualcomm makes a ton of money from Samsung and other OEM's far more than they do with Apple. Apple's money is pocket change. Apple only buys a single modem from QC. Samsung as an example, buy full SoC's from QC. Those SoC's cost more as a whole. QC does not need Apple. QC owns the technology. Appel cam e to them. You seem to be totally confused on who is the Goose and who si the Gander. Until Apple makes it own hardware, and keeps buyign it from 3rd parties, Apple is 100% at the mercy of that 3rd party. PERIOD. All the fanboy-ism in the the world won't change that fact! Defending any evil corporation who is only greedy for money, and could give 2 chucks about you; is galactic-ally stupid.

96. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

:) You're just a funny guy who doesn't know how the world he's living in works. Because of the "pocket change" deal with Apple, Qualcomm's market value rose more than 30% - the stockholders made more than $30 billion in an instant - while Apple's value rose by 1% during the same period of time. You funny, funny man :)!

63. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

So even after being a small tini tiny company Apple is desperately going back to Qualcomm. Lmao this is so embarrassing.....

81. oldskool50

Posts: 503; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Apple likely was gonna lose this case.

60. TheOracle1

Posts: 1910; Member since: May 04, 2015

How the heck did Apple "win"? They blinked first and got their a$$ handed to them. They had zero options for 5G modems without this settlement.

68. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, Qualcomm won but, good for apple fans that Timmy boy had to eat crow.

69. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The real winners here are the fans. They get back the best in their future phones.

59. ijuanp03

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Typical isheep who don't understand the article and will just kiss Apple's a$.

65. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, apple ate their own s**t.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2252; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

6 years is a significantly long time in the world of smartphone business. Biggest loser from today is going to be Intel.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't think think that Apple is going to make the mistake of having a single strong supplier.

37. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This settlement is going to kill Intel's smartphone modem business After this Apple's options will be Qualcomm, Samsung or themselves

53. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Well, I thought of Intel as an alternative and that proved to be inaccurate.

61. IT-Engineer

Posts: 508; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

But you said Qualcomm chipsets are s**tty and bad? So your not going to buy iPhones anymore? Or is apple going to sell customers phones with s**tty modems? Or you were just bashing Qualcomm because of your fanboisim?
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