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The Dawn of 5G Technology May Be What Resolves the Apple/Qualcomm Dispute

Given Qualcomm’s dominance in the modem chip market, Apple will be forced to swallow its pride and make nice, or risk getting passed up by the competition.

By NTK Staff | 08.01.2018 @5:00pm
The Dawn of 5G Technology May Be What Resolves the Apple/Qualcomm Dispute

Sources involved in Apple’s upstream and downstream supply chains are indicating that the year-plus feud with Qualcomm may likely come to an end, when the San Diego-based chip maker rolls out its 5G technology.

Qualcomm’s CEO George Davis is on record saying he believes Apple will exclusively use Intel for its modem chips in the next generation of iPhones. For years, Apple used Qualcomm as its only chip supplier. Apple recently added Intel chips to some of its phones. A feud between the two companies over patents and royalty payments has increased tensions in recent months.

But Qualcomm holds the upper hand in this scenario, according to a report from Pocketnow.

However, sources from the supply chain cited by Digitimes claim that Apple and Qualcomm will eventually make peace. People in both upstream and downstream supply chains believe that the upcoming 5G adoption, roll-out, and push, will determine the two companies to patch things up among them.

Same people believe that it would be “risky” for Apple to rely “on the yield rate of its 5G smartphone production adopting non-Qualcomm chipsets, while Qualcomm’s 5G chip solutions now boast strong comprehensiveness“.

In short, Apple can’t afford to continue feuding with Qualcomm because it needs Qualcomm’s technology for future phones. Qualcomm’s 5G technology will undoubtedly be used in Apple’s competitors’ phones, and Intel’s chips will not be 5G-compatible until well after Qualcomm’s chips hit the market.

For Apple, the choice will be clear: make nice with Qualcomm, or offer a slower, inferior product to consumers in the near future.

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