Apple Inc. is expected to build its 2018’s flagship device with Intel’s modern chipset or possibly with MediaTek component, as the giant is reported to drop Qualcomm components.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple made this decision for next year’s products because Qualcomm withheld software needed to test chips in the prototypes.However, in a statement toReutersQualcomm said it is providing fully tested chips to Apple for iPhones. “We are committed to supporting Apple’s new devices consistent with our support of all others in the industry.”
Other than this, the San Diego-based giants having a legal dispute from the makers over the iPhone’s patient licensing for the royalties. Qualcomm has fought back and attempt to stop Apple from manufacturing and selling its smartphone in China.
Apple’s plans to exclude Qualcomm chips from next year’s model could still change. People familiar with Apple’s manufacturing process said the company could change modem-chip suppliers as late in June, just three months before the next iPhone is expected to ship.
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Further, Qualcomm has supplied Apple’s modems for several years, which were used to connect to wireless data networks. But on the other hand, Intel Corp has also provided half of Apple’s modem chips for iPhones in recent years.
However, “Apple is big enough that they want to support multiple paths, they can dothat” Stacy Rasgon, Analyst,Bernstein Researchsaid. A couple of years ago, Samsung did the same too, it designed Qualcomm out, but Qualcomm didn’t even know until it was close to time to ship Samsung’s phones.