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Apple and Qualcomm could resolve their dispute soon

By Cookie Monster - on 30 Nov 2018, 12:00am

Apple and Qualcomm could resolve their dispute soon

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm could be resolved soon according to Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf. 

In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Mollenkopf revealed that both companies have always talked behind the scenes to resolve the outstanding issues. He referred these back-and-forth talks as “activities that are consistent with the fourth quarter of the game, not the first quarter”. 

Mollenkopf added that 2019 is when Qualcomm will be “on the doorstep of finding a resolution”. Their disputes started in early 2017 when Apple sued Qualcomm for $1 billion over unfair royalty fees. Despite the ongoing legal battles, Mollenkopf expressed his optimism on the relationship with Apple. 

"I think there's always an opportunity and a risk when you have these big G transitions, or the generations of wireless change," he told Cramer. "It's the opportunity to either be left behind or to make sure that you're part of that new generation. Of course, we work with everybody. We would love to work with Apple."

Apple is reportedly working with Intel on 5G modems and the first 5G iPhone is rumoured to be arriving in 2020. Intel’s recently announced XMM 8160 5G modem could be used in the 2020 iPhone. The iPhone maker is also said to be considering MediaTek as a potential supplier of radio modems. The 2018 lineup of iPhones are confirmed to be equipped with Intel modems.

Source: CNBC