It’s safe to say that the relationship between Qualcomm and Apple is a bit strained these days, but it sounds like the CEO of Qualcomm has some high expectations that things will go back to normal at some point in the future.
Qualcomm chief executive, Steve Mollenkopf has sat down with Bloomberg to talk about the future, and what that looks like between Apple and Qualcomm. Basically, the need to advance technology forward is going to be one of the driving factors that brings the two companies back together. Basically, the “leadership technology” will end up dominating the “business relationship”. Mollenkopf believes that shouldn’t be any different this time around, as it has been like that in the past with other companies.
Moreover, Mollenkopf believes that the only reason this particular situation is any different is because of the size of the company Qualcomm is currently disputing with. Mollenkopf says that he believes the “technology leader in mobile”, or Qualcomm, should be paired with the “product leader in mobile”, which would be Apple. And, of course, the two are still paired, to a point. Apple does still sell older model iPhones that are equipped with Qualcomm chips inside after all.
The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, however, are all expected to be using solely Intel chipsets inside, as Apple decided to not use Qualcomm technology this year.
Mollenkopf’s statements are certainly interesting, considering the company has just leveled some crazy accusations against Apple, saying that the company has given confidential Qualcomm source code to Intel:
“Qualcomm argues it was being prevented from auditing Apple’s use of its source code and sued. Now it is alleging a far larger misdeed: the stealing of that same source code and tools, for the express purpose of helping Intel overcome engineering flaws in its chips that led to their poor performance in iPhones.”
This is definitely going to be an interesting case, from start to finish.