Qualcomm's CEO hints that the chip maker and Apple will soon kiss and make up

Apple and Qualcomm have sued each other multiple times. Qualcomm says that Apple owes it several billion dollars, and Apple says that it overpaid for Qualcomm's modem chips. Things got so bad between the two firms that Apple relied exclusively on Intel's modem chips for the 2018 iPhone models. According to one count taken during the summer, both firms are involved in more than 50 separate intellectual property and antitrust suits filed in 16 jurisdictions, covering six countries.

But today on CNBC, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said that his company is "on the doorstep" of resolving the differences that it has with Apple. Speaking with CNBC's Jim Cramer, the executive said that the two companies do talk. Using a sports analogy, Mollenkopf said that the battle with Apple is in "the fourth quarter of the game, and not the first quarter." The Qualcomm CEO had been talking about the feud with Apple coming to an end as far back as October of 2017.

Even if Qualcomm and Apple kiss and make up before the end of this year, it might be too late for Qualcomm's modem chips to be used on the 2019 iPhone models. But the chip maker could get its 5G modem inside the 2020 iPhones, which could be the first handsets from Apple to support the next generation of wireless connectivity.



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I think that’s a good sign

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Expected as apple needs to steal 5G tech from them, so that it can give it later to Intel to get cheap and hence low quality modems, to boost its never ending profits...

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

How exactly would Apple go about stealing 5G tech from Qualcomm and giving it to Intel? Please be as detailed as possible in your reply.

3. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In other words, Qualcomm's dropping their pricing...

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Or Apple needs a backup plan if Intel's 5G modem gets delayed again Or they want to steal Qualcomm's 5G tech to based their custom modems on as Intel's isn't good enough Or both, who knows

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

In time apple will make their own chip. Let these companies stumble.

7. Blazers

Posts: 764; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Qualcomm sees the writing on the wall. In the future, Samsung will only release one version of their flagships with only Exynos, and Apple will eventually make their own chip. That's two major companies they won't have in the future.

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