Apple to move forward without Qualcomm
Apple had always used Qualcomm's modem chips exclusively in the iPhone until the troubles began
Apple and Qualcomm are still battling over patent royalties and now Apple plans to develop its 2018 iPhones and iPads using two other chip suppliers.
The semiconductor and telecommunications technology giant has said that Apple has imported and sold iPhone devices infringe on one or more claims of six Qualcomm patents, which led to an investigation. Apple had also filed a $1bn lawsuit against Qualcomm, to which Qualcomm requested a block on manufacturing Apple products in China.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to move forward with chip suppliers Intel and MediaTek. Adding to the tension, the WSJ also said that Qualcomm withheld software for testing in chips in Apple product prototypes.
Last year, Apple bought 20% of Qualcomm's modem chips, this totalled to 3.2bn in purchases. Now, due to ongoing tensions, Apple has included Intel which means Qualcomm's modem chip revenue will drop to $2.1bn or 13%.