Qualcomm says that it is ready to move on without Apple

Qualcomm says that it is ready to move on without Apple
Back in October, we told you that thanks to the various lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple is in the process of designing the 2018 iPhone models without using Qualcomm's modem chips. Currently, the CDMA versions of the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem chip. The GSM models of the same phones use the Intel XMM 7480. There is speculation that Apple will turn to MediaTek to replace Qualcomm.

Now, with Qualcomm the target of an acquisition attempt by fellow chipmaker Broadcom, the question is whether Qualcomm is ready to move forward without Apple's business. Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies, ticks off a number of high growth areas that allow the company to thrive without sending invoices to Cupertino. There is heavy growth in China, growth with other phone manufacturers such as Samsung, growth with the upcoming 5G build outs coming soon, and growth in other business outside the wireless phone industry.

The executive noted that despite Apple using both Qualcomm and Intel to dual-source the iPhone modem chip over the last two tears, Qualcomm's CDMA Technologies business has been growing. This might be due to the chipmaker's decision early last year to model its future on the assumption that Apple would resort to using multiple sources for its modem chips.

One might wonder whether the "What, me worry?" philosophy spouted by Mad Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman is being used by Qualcomm. Besides the numerous lawsuits, the Broadcom takeover bid, and the possibility that Apple will drop Qualcomm as a supplier, the company also needs to worry about phone manufacturers like Huawei, Apple, and Samsung producing their own chips.

While Qualcomm has focused on the rise of smaller domestic phone manufacturers in China, the company is also supplying Windows powered laptop manufacturers with Snapdragon chipsets. Amon also says that we should expect to see Qualcomm make one more big push with 4G before it starts releasing 5G broadband chips.


So overall, if you ask Qualcomm if it is ready for life without Apple, the answer is a resounding " Hell Yes!"

source: PCMag

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14 Comments

1. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

What a breakup story Apparently when Qualcomm CEO said that their issues with Apple won't last long, he was so wrong. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-CEO-Mollenkopf-says-his-company-will-eventually-make-nice-with-Apple-again_id99041

2. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Maybe they're bluffing. Its bug companies were talking about.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

At the end of the day Apple will still have to pay Qualcomm for their essential patents. Even if they don't use their chips. Not to mention Apple is still using their chips, but hasn't paid Qualcomm a dime. So Apple ultimately HAS to pay.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1762; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I read at an earlier story that Apple has the money set aside to pay Qualcomm but Qualcomm owes Apple a break or strait up money for rebates or whatever for buying a certain amount. So they owe each other. It’s not just about the money. Well it is bits it’s the principle of it all

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2220; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I wish more companies parted ways with Apple.. Apple need a good lesson in realizing they can't do sh1t without good suppliers and paying royalties for patents used.

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Cue sad breakup songs. Does this mean that Qualcomm will be forced to up their game and stop holding android devices back or at the very least, hold off on their litigation that prevents Samsung from selling Exynos powered devices stateside?

5. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I'm sure its margins with apple are very low and they have the potential to make more profit with other companies.

8. TerrellAmerica unregistered

I don’t see how anyone can even read the damn article wilth all this f**king popup ads block the whole damn page, my god.

11. westfind

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2017

Maybe adblocker can help ?!

14. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

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9. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 145; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

*sigh* I wish we could live a life without apple.. I tell ya. I have friends who have worked for them, there's a reason anyone who has had to work with Apple wants to pull their hair out...

10. midhath93

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

LG stop providing batteries to apple. Samsung stop providing display. Qualcomm stop providing chipsets. Google stop providing google apps (youtube, google maps, etc.) Only way to see the downfall of apple. How i wish though :p

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

You want to kill competition and see the laziness of Google ? Well, that is how it is done.

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well that is great news, finally an Apple supplier that isn't depending on greedy Apple.

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