Qualcomm and Apple had their disagreements, which led to a lengthy legal battle between the two. But, today, it finally culminated in a settlement between the two companies. The dust has barely settled and now there’s a report out saying Qualcomm will be Apple’s go-to choice to supply 5G modems in 2020 iPhones.
Apple and Qualcomm have been going at one another in the courts for a bit of time, but it looks like that will be coming to an end. Apple today announced that it has chosen to settle with Qualcomm, and that the two companies will stop litigation moving forward.
A report from earlier this week claimed that Intel was lagging behind in its 5G modem development and that this had put Apple’s plan of launching a 5G iPhone in 2020 in jeopardy. Despite the legal battle between the two companies, Qualcomm’s president says that it is ready to supply 5G modem to Apple for 2020 iPhones.
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Apple and Qualcomm are currently tied up in court as Qualcomm tries to nail down patent infringements made by Apple.
Judge Gonzalo Curiel of U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California has in a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm owes Apple almost $1 billion in rebate payments. While the ruling is not going to be enough for Qualcomm to pay Apple, it is a major blow for the San Diego chipmaker in its ongoing dispute with Apple.
Apple and Qualcomm have been at odds for quite some time already. but the legal trial between the two companies only just recently kicked off.
2019 is the year of the 5G phone, at least from companies like Samsung and LG. But rumor has it that Apple won’t be jumping on the bandwagon until 2020.
In 2017, Qualcomm filed a patent lawsuit against Apple for infringing on three of its patents in iPhones that featured an Intel modem. The move came as retaliation to Apple suing Qualcomm. Two years, later, the case is finally headed to trial in the San Diego federal court.
While many different Android smartphone manufacturers are launching 5G devices this year, Apple probably won’t be joining them.