Apple is Testing Future iPads and iPhones That Drop Qualcomm Components

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Apple and Qualcomm are not currently seeing eye-to-eye, and it doesn’t look like there will be a resolution to that fight anytime soon.

As a result of those legal actions on both ends, it looks like Apple is making changes to the way components fit into its iPhone and iPad lineups. Specifically, according to The Wall Street Journal, Apple will be dropping Qualcomm components altogether. The report indicates that Apple is currently investigating options that sees it utilize Intel and MediaTek pieces only.

The reason Apple is going this route is certainly due to the legal issues between Apple and Qualcomm, but, interestingly, it is also related to “…San Diego, Calif.-based Qualcomm has withheld software critical to testing its chips in iPhone and iPad prototypes, according to one of the people.”

Qualcomm has repeatedly halted sharing any necessary testing software since the beginning of this year. Right after Apple filed its initial lawsuit. However, things might change. While Apple is currently investigating the options that sees it drop Qualcomm, that is not set in stone. Apple may change these plans and keep using Qualcomm components as it has for years.

“Apple’s planned move for next year involve the modem chips that handle communications between wireless devices and cellular networks. Qualcomm is by far the biggest supplier of such chips for the current wireless standard.”

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has stated that he hopes that they can settle with Qualcomm, and that a lengthy court battle is not in the cards. However, he has also said that he knows that may not work, and that a court proceeding will happen if it needs to.

The legal battle started this year, when the FTC in the United States filed a complaint against Qualcomm. Soon after that, Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion. Since then, it has become a back-and-forth, with Qualcomm saying that the iPhone would only exist because of Qualcomm’s technology and efforts, and Apple rebuking, saying that licensing fees have become exorbitant over the years, among other issues.

[via The Wall Street Journal]